Is over training a thing?
Well it's definitely something most of us don't fully understand, because shouldn't we be training as much as we can, as hard as we can?
Eat less, train more and go full steam ahead to lose as much fat as possible while toning or building muscle are general rules to meeting our fitness goals, but how does our body cope with all the load?
We know training causes inflammation in the body, connective tissue, muscle and load on our skeletal system, but how does the body repair fast enough if we are slamming it with boot camps and weight sessions every day?
Giving your body enough time to recover is crucial for your overall performance. The best way to help your body to recover is with good fuel. Eating enough food to provide protein and complex carbs is the best way, but what else can you do to prevent chronic inflammation caused by rigorous training and prevent your performance and motivation dropping off when you feel exhausted?
I like to jump in an Epsom salts bath to relax tense muscles allowing them to turn off and improve circulation, critical for recovery.
Regular massage is very important to work out tight muscles and knots caused buy excess exercise. A tight or knotted muscle only performs at 70 per cent of its potential.
Get a range of trigger point products you can keep at home to work through tight areas of your body. Hard trigger point balls are great for working your back, glutes, pecs, shoulders and many other smaller muscles. Easily used against a wall or on the floor, this is one of my must-have's
My last tip is get a foam roller. There should be one in every lounge room of the workout warriors. The benefits of rolling out your legs, back and shoulders is just as important as your workouts.