This may seem like a strange concept as exercise is undoubtedly good for you however when it comes to exercise volume there is a ‘dose response relationship’ which means that the more you workout, the more benefits you achieve however there is a tipping point whereby the more exercise you do can do more harm than good. And at the moment while we’re all in lockdown again perhaps doing more exercise volume than we would do normally, more chores around the house and perhaps with less or slightly more interrupted sleep as our brains are undoubtedly busier with anxieties and worries we might not usually be experiencing.
This point on the scale can be reached by one of the following ways:
💪 Too much exercise volume without enough or adequate recovery
💪 Chronic underfuelling
But how do you know if you’re doing too much? There are a few telltale ways of seeing if it might be time to rest, recover and refuel:
💪 Decreased performance
💪 Increased perceived effort during regular workouts
💪 Excessive fatigue
💪 Agitation and moodiness
💪 Insomnia or restless sleep
💪 Loss of appetite
💪 Chronic or nagging injuries
💪 Metabolic imbalances
💪 Psychological stress
If you feel like any of the above might be relevant for you at the moment there is absolutely no shame in taking a bit of downtime from training intensity to let your body and mind recover adequately. And taking downtime doesn’t necessarily have to mean doing nothing at all. Perhaps swap a couple of regular workouts for a stretch session, long walk or bicycle and incorporate some active recovery. And make sure you are fuelling correctly, if you’re feeling a little lethargic something as simple as increasing your calorie intake with good quality, balanced calories can play a big part in assisting your recovery both physically and mentally.
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