To prevent the symptoms of overtraining and to protect your muscles, heart and joints.
What are the symptoms of overtraining? They include: Increased fatigue decreased muscle endurance decreased power and stamina decreased ability to perform at a higher level of fitness increased susceptibility to injury Reduced quality of life If you have more than five of these symptoms, you’re likely overtrained! The most successful athletes build lean muscle and minimize the risk of injury. But first, understand the risk factors that may contribute to overtraining. Are you prone to overtraining?
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If you take medications that alter body composition, such as anabolic steroids, HGH, or other drugs, you’re more likely to experience overtraining. If you participate in endurance sports or vigorous physical activity that is not sustainable on a long-term basis, then you’re more likely to overtrain, especially in areas with less muscle mass, like the arms and legs. It may be difficult to maintain sustainable levels of training that are adequate for your specific sport. If you do any type of sport that requires you to perform more than one exercise type—like running, swimming, biking, and cross-training—you’re more likely to develop overtraining. What types of physical activities can be stressful to the body?
There are three types of stressful activities: Training activities strenuous activities recreational activities training activities that you choose to perform may have either a negative or positive effect on your recovery and the ability to maintain the muscles in your body that you’ve built. What types of training activities might you be doing right now? Which ones are you avoiding to protect your muscle mass? Muscle mass is primarily a static function, meaning that it increases or decreases to maintain the muscles you work. When muscles are being used, they become more active and become stronger. This training stimulus causes muscles to go through adaptive responses like hypertrophy, which causes them to become bigger. What constitutes an effective training stimulus will depend on your goals.