The Difference Between Overtraining and Under Recovered

October 10th, 2020

Are You Training Too Much or Has Your Body Not Completely Recovered Yet?

In our last blog we talked about the importance of recovery time, or the time you take between workouts. As previously mentioned, recovery periods are an important part of working out, as they allow your muscles to rest, rebuild, and strengthen.

It is important to make sure you are taking proper recovery periods so that you don’t overtrain, but it is also important to make sure you are not jumping back into your workouts before your body is fully recovered from the last one.

So, what’s the difference between overtraining and under recovered, and how can you avoid these two downfalls in your exercise plan? Read on to find out more and don’t hesitate to contact Fusion Performance if you’d like more assistance! 

Common signs of overtraining

To reiterate some key points from our previous blog, overtraining can be a vicious cycle of feeling great, so you work hard, but then you notice performance decrease – so you continue to work harder but you don’t see the results you’re looking for. On and on it goes, and eventually this may even lead to an overtraining injury.

When workouts start to become more challenging for seemingly no reason, it is your body’s way of telling you that you’re working too hard and it’s time for a break. Some common signs of overtraining include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Working hard with no results
  • Physical and mental exhaustion
  • Physical injury

Common signs of being under recovered

Have you ever jumped back into a workout only to realize your body is still feeling sluggish, sore, or uncomfortable? Perhaps you notice during your workout that the physical activities that usually come easily to you are proving to be more difficult – you simply can’t perform in the ways you normally do.

This is a sign of being under recovered. Your body needs that time between working out to rest and repair your muscles. Resting actually helps build strength in the areas you’re targeting, so if you are still feeling weak, it means more rest is needed.

In fact, as stated by VeryWell Fit

“A muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, and working it again too soon simply leads to tissue breakdown instead of building.”

With recovery periods, it is always important to listen to your body first and foremost. If you don’t feel as if you’ve regained your strength, don’t try and bounce back too quickly – allow your body to do its job and take an extra day off.

If you are ever unsure about whether or not your body is fully recovered enough to continue your workout regimen, one of our highly trained physical therapists can help!

Need more assistance? Contact Fusion Performance today

If you’d like more help determining the difference between overtraining and being under recovered, and the many ways to help avoid this, Fusion Performance is here to help. 

Contact us today to consult with one of our physical therapists and get started on the best exercise plan for your specific needs!

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