Is there such a thing as ‘too much gym?’

September 27, 2016

If you're looking for an excuse to lay off the training, well here it is. A new study shows cult fitness regimes are wreaking havoc on the joints of young people. Couch potatoes unite!

 

A rise in the popularity of explosive, high intensity workouts designed to target young people has apparently quadrupled the number of twenty-somethings suffering hip, knee and back problems.

 

 I mean, in a world where everyone leads such hectic lifestyles, it’s not hard to be enticed by the idea of a short, high-impact workout. Despite the good doctor’s opinion in this article though, I’d argue that it’s not the workout that’s the problem, but the way we do it.

 

Overtraining is a term that gets thrown around all the time and often with no context. But the reality is, every body is different. So what might be considered overtraining for me, may not even cause you to break a sweat (quit making me look bad).

 

 

Let’s imagine that a less active person tried their hand at The Rock’s gym program. First and foremost, LOL someone film it please! And secondly, their bodies would probably buckle under the pressure of a regime they’re not used to.

 

 

 

Genetics, lifestyle, fitness levels and recovery times vary between individuals. So it’s only considered overtraining once your body taps out like:

 

 

 

Point is, the definition of overtraining is moving your body in ways that are unsafe or too strenuous…for your body!

 

The beautiful thing is, your mind and body will give you all the clues you need to know you’re overdoing it. Look out for:

 

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Actual lack of motivation (not the regular, “But why must I person today?”)

  • Foggy thinking

  • Restless nights

  • Racing heart rate

  • Loss of appetite

  • Poor immunity

 

If you notice any or all of these symptoms, chances are you’re overcooking yourself.

 

If so, try taking some time off training and let your body fully recover. During this time, squeeze in as much sleep as possible and ensure you’re eating enough so your body can actually manage its workload.

 

So just to be clear: your CrossFit addiction and your HIIT workouts will not leave you with a knee reconstruction by the time you’re 30.

 

But it’s absolutely crucial that you’re exercising safely and moderately based on what your body can tolerate.

 

PS. I hope you didn’t cancel that gym membership yet…

 

Adrianna is a 22-year-old journalism graduate who is never seen wandering the streets of Sydney sans coffee in hand. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is a lover of sweet treats, sweet words and even sweeter fashion finds. When she isn't hitting the gym or buried in a horror film of some sort, you'll definitely find her Instagramming at @adri_zapp.

 

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