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Is overtraining bad for my body?

Is overtraining bad for my body?

We always get asked if there is any such way that we can train too much and if this can have a negative impact on the body. Below, we discover the answer.

Exercise and fitness training has many health benefits for the body such as a stronger heart and lungs (which reduces your risk of heart attacks), weight loss and it even helps to build a good immune system.

Although, sometimes training too much and not eating or sleeping enough, to aid your recovery, can be extremely bad for the body. Whilst exercise does in fact normally improve immune function, training too much or too hard can have a detrimental effect on it.

The immune system is the body’s defence against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks any organisms or substances which enter the body. Many people who train a lot and particularly professional athletes have probably suffered from an immune crash.

This is simply caused by absolutely exhausting the body and running it down, quite often when people are trying to get stronger, fast and more powerful. The periods of intense, heavy lifting or the volume of training can sometimes be too much for our bodies. As a result of this, we are left with an immune crash.

This has become known as exercise-induced immunodepression, and it will prevent an induvial from training to their potential because of illness, often resulting in time off.

How to avoid this? During your time training you start to get to know your body, not just in endurance, speed and strength but in how quickly and well you recover before your next session. The best way to stay healthy and make sure you’re not damaging your immune system is to put your recovery as a priority. Studies have shown that you recover best when sleeping and that to get the best recovery possible you ideally need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. The more the better. Also, a main part of recovery is eating the right amount and the right kinds of food. A lot of people don’t realise how much they should be eating if their training schedule is challenging. To get the most recovery from food you must be eating a high amount of meat (protein), carbohydrates and veg. All of these will provide you with the right amount of protein content to help repair your muscle, the fuel to train hard and also the right vitamins which will help your immune system.

The take-home message here should be that more is not always better. You will reach a point where training more will not get you any better results, but in fact, resting and recovering better will allow your future sessions to be more effective and. Will help to prevent long periods of inactivity due to injury or illness.

All Training at SG23 Fitness is carried out under the supervision of our fully trained coaches. If we start to see any side effects from over-training, we can easily modify each session to take your body into account.

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Will Seaman

Will Seaman

My life experiences have allowed me to recognise the importance of being fit and healthy. I therefore pursued a career within the industry spending 2 years studying at Hartpury College.

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