I think it is safe to say we have all been there. You’ve been exercising, eating healthier and getting the sleep you need. Things were going great, and your body made you feel and look fitter than ever.
There is no denying that exercise can become an obsession. Maybe not once you start, but it can slowly creep its way into your life, becoming something you crave even need. You can’t get enough of it, it becomes part of your routine, and you can’t wait to get your daily sweat session in. I am here to tell you, that way of thinking will only put more pressure on you, and see you seeing results a lot slower, you should never train just because you will feel guilty if you don’t.
You should train because you love how you feel when you do it,
and you love the results you see on your body and mentality.
However even those of us who train because we love it can get stuck in a rut, just when we are starting to feel great with our routine our body begins to hate us. Suddenly muscles hurt in a way that simply doesn’t feel right, and that small ache you had in your muscles has now turned into a pain that barely allows you to move. You begin to experience join pains, headaches, frequent colds and sore throats.
In my case I begin to suffer from insomnia, and constantly feel tired even after getting a full night sleep. Another clear sign you is the sudden drop in training intensity or loss of motivation.
Another big DANGER ZONE is the guilt feeling, how just the idea of taking an unplanned day off from the gym is enough to make you hate yourself. It is important to step back and contemplate the real motives behind why you train, and what goals you want to achieve. When we begin to over train your body beings to go in the opposite direction of growth, because your muscles are torn, and you don’t give them time to repair. Remember how important it is to give your muscles the chance to repair and that’s only possible through rest and giving our body enough time to recover before going back into exercise.
But guess what? REST IS KEY! Sometimes we need to take a step back, put our feet up and say “enough is enough, time for some me time.” A few rest days will not affect our performance, in general it takes around two weeks of no exercise before your body begins to reflect on loss of performance level. So don’t think a few days of training will set back all your hard work.
Another Key element is our nutrition, we need to fuel our body with the current amount of nutrients our body needs to function. Otherwise we can begin to feel weak and over tired.
INCREASE THOSE CALORIES!
Something I am consistently reading and it is leading many people to believe is the idea that less is more. And in order to achieve dream bodies, articles make us believe we need to eat fewer calories. While you might see quick results with this method, it is actually increasing calories that allows your metabolism to kick-start.
It is highly important to make sure you’re eating enough to build muscle and see the benefits of all those hours in the gym. Giving our bodies enough fuel, to push through our workouts and repair those muscles.