Today my husband was nice enough to send me a link to an article, which really irritated me (I can’t imagine why he says I’m difficult to live with). The article was from a source that I hold in high regard, Precision Nutrition. The subject matter was overtraining and how it can sabotage your goals…a subject that is a little ‘touchy’ for me. I’m fine telling others to rest and relax, take time off, let your body recover…I know the reasons why and the benefits BUT I have a hard time following my own advice. I attack my life with the ‘more is better’ approach and, frankly, it is a pretty stressful way to live. Some of you reading this get that; I know because I’ve seen you in the gym. So, when I saw this article linked on FB today, I promptly ignored it, thinking that I will take a hard pass on reading something that I already understand (yet don’t apply to myself all the time). That’s why I was little on edge when he texted it to me (twice). I told him I had already seen it and he replied “but did you read it?”—um, I think he knows me a little too well because technically I saw it but for sure didn’t read it. So being the submissive wife and person that I am, I read it...after he texted me about it AGAIN. I have to admit, he was right. It was good. Really good. So instead of droning on about my own thoughts on the matter, I’m linking it below (photo of infograph attached) and I hope you’ll take my husband’s advice (and mine too) and read it. It might not apply to some of you; but I know for a fact, there are some that are pushing harder, attending every class, making every workout as intense as possible, and cutting more and more calories to achieve your goals without seeing the results you desire. The write up is a little long so I’ve highlighted some of the key quotes below, but I encourage you to read it and take it to heart. Sometimes, rest is best. Sometimes, we need to play with our kids and spend time working on our relationships instead of grabbing that extra hour or attending that extra class at the gym. Sometimes, we need to enjoy having a piece of birthday cake at our child’s party because one slice of cake isn’t going to prevent you from having a six pack…also because cake is amazing. I hope you’ll read this and understand that being an active person and forcing yourself to engage in 8-10 hours of planned exercise (especially highly intense types) are NOT the same thing. Your body is smart; smarter than you give it credit for and this article does a beautiful job of telling you how and why…I admit, much more eloquently than I can. Enjoy :)

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/are-you-overtraining?

Key Quotes (if you don’t want to dive into the entire article…but please do if you have a few minutes!):

  • The problem isn’t the exercise, or even the intensity...the problem is not balancing stress with recovery.
  • In terms of a physical demand, we still need to help our bodies recover from all the stress we experience.
  • The right amount of exercise, at the right intensity, and the right time:
    • We train. We learn. We get healthier and stronger.
  • Too much exercise, with too high an intensity, too often:
    • We strain. We stress. We shut down. And break down.
  • Training too frequently and intensely — again, without prioritizing recovery — means that stress never
  • If you don’t build recovery into your plan, your body will eventually force it.
  • Exercise should make us feel, look, perform and live better… not crush us. (now that's good stuff!) 
  • Movement should help us function freely… not incapacitate us.

 

(Source: Precision Nutrition/John Berardi)