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People who are very physically active sometimes cross the line between enough and too much training. Overtraining usually occurs when the body does not have enough time to recover from the stress of intense training.
You may be overtraining if:
It's better to prevent overtraining in the first place than to treat it after it has happened. To prevent overtraining:
Give yourself time to recover. Overtraining isn't just "overdoing it." It is a pattern of overdoing it too many times.
To get ideas on training for your activity, talk to an athletic trainer or coach.
Let people who train at your level or a specialized coach or trainer look at it. Ask them if it looks reasonable.
If a coach expects you to follow a training schedule that is not realistic for you, talk to him or her. Your coach should want your best performance. That can't happen if you overtrain.
If you find yourself thinking about your training all the time or becoming obsessive about it, take a short break from your schedule. If you don't want to stop all activity, try cross-training or take up some new activity for a few days or weeks.
Current as of:
May 12, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineHeather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science
Current as of: May 12, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Heather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science
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