Training for overload becomes overtraining when there is inappropriate refueling or otherwise inadequate recovery.
Fitness training places huge demands upon the entire body, often pushing various structures and functions to (and sometimes beyond) the limit of their ability to handle the stress. In order to
support the desired adaptations that naturally result from training so that they progress at maximum efficiency and optimum effectiveness, a specific combination of fuel and nutrients
must be provided, as well as enough calories. In addition, sufficient sleep and adequate time for rest must be supplied, or else only a partial recovery is possible. When we fall behind in recovery, we do not see the progress we would normally expect to result from training. In fact, when we fall sufficiently far behind in recovery, performance actually begins to regress rather than progress. Ignore the symptoms of overtraining and not only do we come to expect performance declines, but also the risk of injury rises dramatically. On top of that, because the over-trained athlete is struggling to be able to perform at what was previously the expected normal level, the fun and enjoyment of training decreases dramatically. Over-trained athletes can even come to dread their workouts, a really strange phenomenon, considering they are
performing in the sport of their choice, the one that they found to be so pleasurable that they wanted to do it all the time.
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