Are You Working Out Too Hard To Exceed Your Limit

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here are certain tell-tale signs that you are working out too hard. You just have to look for them and then adjust your training routine, before they take their toll. You are probably overtraining if you suffer:

Sore joints

If you do a new routine that works muscles that you are not used to being worked, then you expect to be a little sore the next day. No pain, no gain right? However if you have such soreness that it interferes with your normal daily routine, then you might have tried to do too much too soon. For example if you were working your biceps and the next day you have pain in your elbow, you either tried to lift too much weight or were lifting it wrong.

Pain while training

If you are pushing past pain to do a particular exercise, then you probably should not be doing it. Instead try to find an exercise that doesn’t cause pain and then go to your doctor to find out why you are having pain when exercising that particular muscle or muscle group. It could be the root of something more serious.

Fatigue even after recovery

If you feel constantly fatigued, even after your one day per week recovery period, you could be pushing yourself past the limits of your body. Try backing off another day of training per week so that you have two days off per week and see if it helps you feel less fatigued. Also most fitness experts agree that serious fitness buffs should take a week off about every 6 to 8 weeks so their body has an extended period to heal, rebuild and repair.

Frequent injury

If you seem to suffer more than your share of injuries while training, you may be going at it too hard or trying to lift too much weight. If you are strength training, try reducing the amount of weight you are lifting, or the number of reps/sets. If doing cardio, shortening up your routine or reducing the intensity. Also avoid exercising the injured area until it is healed.

These four signs where your body is telling you that it is being pushed harder than it should. Listen to it, make adjustments and find a happy medium where you feel you are making progress, but still at a level your body can support.

Is There A Limit to Physical Fitness?

“Since Roger Bannister broke his 4 minute mile, the record’s come down by nearly 17 seconds.”

Richard Godfrey
Former Chief Physiologist of the British Olympic Medical Centre at the British Olympic Association’s Department of Science and Medicine.

If you currently exercise, you may have experienced achieving some level of physical fitness which was greater than anything you ever thought possible. Did that get you thinking, “Is there a limit to my physical possibilities? Can I continue to push through to achieve higher levels of physical fitness, accomplishing greater and more challenging physical feats?”

Track and field athlete Roger Bannister was the first person to break the 4 minute mile barrier in 1954. Before he did so, many noted scientists, professional athletes and physical fitness experts agreed that it was physically impossible for the human body to run 1 mile in less than 4 minutes.

But Bannister did it, partly because he was upset for not winning the gold medal in the 1500 m run during the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. I know what you are thinking. He was an athlete of impressive physical abilities, much more talented physically than you or I. But yet he, and no other human being on the planet, could run a mile in under 4 minutes before his groundbreaking accomplishment.

What made the difference that allowed Bannister to accomplish something that he or no one else was previously able to? It was simply this …

His mental approach to a physical goal. Nothing more.

And guess what? Only 2 months after Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds, Bannister and Australia’s John Landy both ran sub-four-minute miles in the same race. And just 10 years after Bannister’s accomplishment, high school runner Jim Ryun bested Bannister time by 0.4 seconds as a junior.

As a senior in high school, Ryun ran a blistering mile in 3 minutes 55.3 seconds. Irish runner Eamonn Coghlan broke the 4 minute mile barrier 83 times in his life, and after retiring as a runner, ran a sub-four-minute mile when he was 41 years of age. Since his accomplishment, over 1,000 people have run a mile in under 4 minutes.

So what changed? Why were so many people able to do what Bannister did, but only after him?

People’s beliefs changed. They changed their mind.

Once they saw someone else run a mile in less than 4 minutes, their brain realized they had set their physical limits too low. But probably the most important lesson about personal beliefs in your physical limits can once again be credited to Mister Bannister.

At the time that the Englishman did the unthinkable, he trained very little as a runner. He was practicing as a junior doctor, putting in all the requisite hours of study that occupation requires.

But in his mind, he saw no physical limits. Change your mind today, challenge yourself, refuse to fail, and see exactly what physical achievements you can accomplish.

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