It’s not all about the workout….

Believe it or not the work that you put in during the training you do isn’t the only factor to create the results that you’re busting your ass for.

A couple of weeks ago we touched on the importance of post training nutrition (click here to read that) and we have covered nutrition in general before as well.

Today we’re going to take another look at rest and recovery, because these are HUGE in how you progress.

There’s a phrase that has been thrown around a lot over the last few years that always has something to do with not getting the results that you’re working towards or damaging yourself etc because of overtraining.

So, what does overtraining mean? Well it can lead to illness, injury, depleted energy, low moods, sleep problems, lack of motivation to name a few side effects.

But the main thing is this, unless you’re a professional athlete or training for something like an Ironman, no matter how extreme or often you’re training it’s highly unlikely that you’re overtraining.

What is the more likely cause of feeling like you are or are feeling the side effects of overtraining is that you’re under recovering and/or nutritioning. Also, it’s not just the training aspect of your life that will affect this.

You need to look at your whole life. Stress levels at work, at home and in general life will affect this as well. Exercise can feel like a great relaxant (when it’s done) but it’s still a stress on the bodies systems and they all need to be considered.

So, what does this mean for you? Well if you’re feeling any of these potential side affects then instead of jumping to the “I’m training too much” mindset and cutting back have a look at how you’re recovering first, how you’re fuelling your body.

Are you getting enough sleep? 7-9 hours on average is considered a good amount

Are you taking steps to minimise your stress levels throughout the day? Or is the first thing you do when you wake up checking your phone for emails and social media in case you ‘missed something’ and then going non-stop through the day and spending your last 30 mins in bed in the evening catching up on your phone?

Are you carving out any relaxation time during the week for yourself, or are you just working on making everyone else the priority?

Are you eating a good amount of protein – in whatever form you go for – to help your body repair the damage and are you getting the right amounts of iron that you need considering the training levels that you’re running at?

These are just a few aspects that you can look at. So just because you might be feeling run down, tried and lacking motivation it DOESN’T mean that you’re training to hard or too much. It’s about 95% more likely to be that you’re just not recovering and refuelling well enough to keep up with what you’re doing.