How to Know If You’re Training Too Hard

September 7, 2010 5:08 pm 3 comments

Yes, Virginia, it is possible to train too hard. In fact, with certain Type A or A+ personalities, it is probable.  Jack Raglin, director of graduate studies at Indiana University's
department of kinesiology, tells the Wall Street Journal that 10 percent of people training for endurance events are in the danger zone–pushing too hard, and making a mistake that can lead to injury, major depression, loss of sleep, anorexia and even death, not to mention poor performance in whatever even you are training for. One red flag, the Journal reports, is an intensifying
obsession with performance. Good coaches urge athletes to remain alert for the point at which greater
doses of exercise cease to produce improvement, and one running coach tells the paper that she studies her clients for signs of chronic fatigue,
depression, compulsive training or privation. The bottom line: listen carefully to your body, and if tells you it's tired, take the day off.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

3 Comments

  • davisrt@bellsouth.net

    You can’t always listen to your body..sometimes you have to push pass what the body says, otherwise you don’t improve. In my case, if I listened to my body, I wouldn’t exercise at all.

  • Yes, but if you’re training hard, know what you’re doing, but no longer making progress, and feeling too tired (and I don’t just mean muscle soreness) to move, you might want to rest for a day or two.

  • It’s funny but I am not sure if this is me or not. I am trying to figure out whether I have been pushing myself too hard lately. It gets so exciting the more you realize how far you have come with money and I’m very competitive. I’ve injured myself once before from running too many miles with injuries. I don’t want to get injured again. Last time I had to take 2 months off. But I want to go faster and push myself to the point where my chest is burning and chemicals in my body are washing through me telling me to slow down.

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