The Risks of Overtraining

Recent studies are finding that the most fit athletes at the beginning of the season are at risk of overtraining.  Overtraining can cause hormonal and biochemical changes in the body that make it more difficult to recover.  This can lead to the Female Athlete Triad, where under-nourishment, menstrual changes, and low bone density, can lead to poor performance, and increase risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis later in life.  

While it is extremely important to train well and be strong at the start of the season.  It is important to listen to your body, fuel and recover as your body needs.  Excessive tiredness, strength plateaus and increased injury risk are all signs that your body needs more recovery.  This is not an excuse to be lazy, but a signal that you should decrease the intensity and/or the frequency of your workouts.  You also need to ensure that you are consuming enough calories compared to the number of calories you are burning.  Be sure to consume enough healthy fats, fiber and water to keep yourself fueled up for your activity.

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