Can You Train Everyday? The Truth About Overtraining (WORKOUT) | THENX
Is there such thing as training too much or overtraining?
This is arguably one of the most frequently asked question in the fitness industry.
Also, one of the most controversial topics.
First of all, lets define overtraining.
Lets refer to the good trusted old fashion Wikipedia:
It is said that “overtraining is the result of giving your body more work or stress than it can handle.”
This means that your body is not capable of repairing itself by the damage done by exercise.
Simply put, you are training more than what you are recovering.
So, is it a real thing?
Yes, it is. Your body is only capable of recovering so much.
But how do you know if you are training too much, too little or just the right amount.
Is it training every day too much?
Should you train every day?
What about twice per day?
These are all questions that pop out once the topic of overtraining comes out to the surface.
Now, the tricky part is that the answer to these questions is impossible to determine for anybody other than yourself.
We can obviously assume that training hard six hours a day, six times a week will lead to overtraining.
However, there are so many factors that come into play such as genetics, age, gender, physical capacity, etc; that it will be impossible to tell the right amount of training for you.
So here I want you to forget for a second about how many hours you train, how many sets you do per muscle groups, or if Saturdays are your rest days.
Lest take a more realistic, sustainable and smart approach to training.
And that simply is: Whatever works for you works for you.
We are all so different. We all have to go and experience for ourselves.
Everything piece of information that we listen out there are just “ideas and perspectives.”
What I am going to offer you here is just that, some “ideas and perspectives” about things to consider when it comes to overtraining:
1. Stress is accumulative:
Stress can come in many ways, physical training being just one of them. Other factors like your job, career and just simply overthinking stuff is also taking a toll in your nervous system. A person that has two companies and three kids will not be able to workout as hard as a teenager living with their parents where his attention is just focused on training (Just to give an example). I am not saying to make training your only priority in life, but just keep in mind that exercising is stressful and you need to balance it out with all the other stressors present in your life.
2. Stay aligned with your goals:
Goal clarity is everything. If your goal is just to be fit you do not need to be training like a professional athlete, let alone if your goal is to be healthy. To stay healthy you need much less exercise than you think, and you definitely not need to be doing hundreds of pull ups a day. However, if you want to become a human machine, maybe you need to be doing some extra work at the gym. Keep your goals clear and train in a manner that better suits your purpose.
3. Listen to your body:
This is clearly the most important piece of advice I can give you when it comes to overtraining. Nobody knows your body as much as you do. Try to learn how to stop when you are really tired, push a little extra when you know you can and go hard when you are fully rested. How you feel is the best and only indicator that can tell you if you are overtraining or not.
Thats it folks.
This is as simple as it gets and making it more complicated will only tax more our nervous system and lead to overtraining 😀
Check out our recent video about overtraining to collect more “ideas and perspectives” from Chris Heria: