Are you Over-Training?

Exercise is a fantastic way to alleviate stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It can also be great for making new friends and sweating out toxins, but how much is too much? When you use your muscles intensively what you are actually doing is causing microtears in the fibres, these tears require adequate time to heal. Over training occurs when there is too much overload and not enough recovery.

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Symptoms of Over Training

  • fatigue or washed out feeling
  • general aches and pains, or pain in specific muscles and joints
  • sudden drop in performance or difficulty training
  • headaches
  • dehydration
  • decrease in immunity
  • increased risk of injuries
  • lack of enthusiasm for the sport


It is important to rest for 1-2 days a week to allow your body to replenish energy and repair damaged tissue for the next training session. A rest day may include some light activity such as a short walk or gentle swim as well as some well balanced meals which include protein to aid in tissue repair.

Enjoy your rest and look forward to the next session.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Jane is a registerd Osteopath from Australia and has worked as a trainer with various Australian Football Teams and Life Surfing Clubs. She has extensive experience in sports injuries and postural issues.[/author_info] [/author]