Many people, especially those who are committed to improving their physical fitness, can be guilty of overtraining. Overtraining may seem fruitful in the beginning, but this is only temporary. Eventually overuse injury sets in and the individual is left unable to continue their training. When all is said and done, they are no better off than they were prior to embarking on their fitness regimen. Much like a rat in a wheel, they end up working hard but only to maintain the status-quo. Typical case of 3 steps forward, 4 steps back.
Others seem unable to surge past the initial stage of discomfort and maintain the level of consistency needed to achieve any measurable results. They become stuck in a state of chronic discomfort, unable to venture into the realm of progress. Each session is a shock to the system, and they have to continually overcome the same obstacle of distress, instead of seizing the opportunity for growth and development.
It is easy to understand then why both of these scenarios result in abandonment of the individual’s fitness plan. They are not sustainable because they fail to acknowledge the way our bodies adapt to work and stress.
A good fitness coach won’t simply show you how to workout, they’ll teach you when to workout, as well as how and when to recover. Recovery is equally as fundamental to your success as the “work”. If you want to ensure you are able to continue training, you’ll have to understand that the time you spend recovering is just as important. Through mindful and methodical active recovery, our bodies are able to manifest the results of the work we have put in. Without this “down-time”, our system does not have time to adapt and we end up in a state of plateaued performance or perpetual injury.