Recovery is sometimes a dirty word in the fitness and athletic realms. In all reality if we don’t treat our body with respect then it won’t treat you with respect and start to resist the hard work you put into your fitness and health program. We have been talking about some more abstract ideas to help us along with our goals this week but if we neglect the body we will suffer its wrath so to speak. We have all suffered the break down that comes with pushing too hard. You may be surprised to hear that these breakdowns are not only mechanical (knees, hips, other joints or muscles, or tendons) but can also be immunological (your immune system) neurological, and most importantly mental.
So what happens if we push our body too hard? Well it starts to shut down and that starts with the muscles. You will notice a lack of ability to perform tasks you used to be able to do with ease. In the gym specifically you may see your weights decrease or your ability to do that extra rep drop off. Basically 5th gear disappears.
If you push past that, which many people do, you may experience some neurological stuff start to happen. This could include everything from poor sleep to lack of coordination of everyday tasks. Ever have trouble with fine motor function? Putting a key in a lock for example could become difficult.
Around the same time you are having some issues putting one foot in front of the other, you may start to experience some feelings that cause you to feel depressed or you may lack motivation to do anything. This is a sure sign that you are pushing too hard.
Last blatant symptom is sickness. Your body WILL resist your attempts at pushing too hard and just shut down the immune system and open you up to a world of sickness. If you feel like you are tired, worn down and exhausted all the time try dialing back your training a couple notches and you will likely start sleeping better, performing better and just be more jovial in general.
Part 2 will cover how to treat your body right.
Box Jump for Height
Barbell Row 5×5
Perform 5 reps of each exercise for 5 sets adding weight each set.