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For most people, the grind of hard training keeps them from wanting to go to the gym and stick with a program. This keeps most people from ever really reaching their full physical potential; most people are ‘under trained’. However there is a much smaller segment of the population who are ride the line of the other extreme – exercising too much. In our small area, there is a limited amount of people who are interested in being top wrestlers. This means there aren’t always opportunities to train or partners to practice with whenever you want. When you have the chance to train or compete, you’d better take it because you might not get another chance later. Sometimes these opportunities hit all at the same time and we end up crossing the line into overtraining. Overtraining is dangerous for athletes because it causes them to lose progress, making them sick or even injured. Symptoms of overtraining include fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, slower recovery time and frequent nagging injuries. If you can recognize overtraining in its early stages, the remedy is easy; a few days off usually does the trick. Most athletes (and coaches) who are not savvy with recognizing this problem often end up getting injured and suffering significant down time. A good coach who knows how hard you train and is familiar with your schedule will be able to head this problem off ahead of time by planning for down time or including breaks within your training program. Beware of ‘old school’ coaches with a tough guy army sergeant attitude that thinks everyone is a wimp and should push through pain at all times. There’s more to coaching than just pushing. As one step further, here is some information and links on the subject of exercise addiction…
‘We’re always being told how good exercise is for us, which is why, when someone claims to be suffering from exercise addiction, it’s often not taken seriously or considered a ‘positive’ addiction. However, too much exercise can negatively affect both our bodies and minds, causing more harm than good. Exercise addiction occurs when an individual gets addicted to the feeling that exercise gives them. Exercise not only directly triggers the release of endorphins, it also improves our physique and outlook on life, giving us achievable goals and providing us with visible progress. These feelings can combine and make working out addictive; this is where exercise overtakes every aspect of your life and starts to impact on relationships with others. It’s often linked to eating disorders because of its obsessive nature and ability to burn calories. This is how exercise addiction can affect our mental state because it takes over your thoughts and becomes a compulsion; if you don’t work out, don’t exercise enough or don’t exercise to your high standards, you feel incredibly anxious and begin to panic. You may also feel as if something bad may happen if you don’t exercise. For more on the signs of exercise addiction, visit this article.’
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