Sometimes the decisions we make are painful in order to find a smart balance.
I used to be so scared of taking more than a day off from training let alone a week. I was terrified of losing all the strength I worked so hard to gain. I felt like I needed to make up for lost time because of my knee surgeries. When I injured my wrist a few months ago, I made the painful decision to take a step back from training.
In reality, I had been overtraining and frying my nervous system. There's actually a condition called Overtraining Syndrome (OTS). It's a form of burnout for athletes. The body gets so stressed and fatigued that your performance starts declining despite continuing or increasing your training. You experience neurologic, endocrinologic, immunologic changes. Ultimately, overtraining results in mood changes, decreased motivation, frequent injuries, and even infections. I felt and had all of these things without realizing it for a long time.
It's getting close to 4 months since I've had this wrist injury. I'd be lying if I wasn't frustrated. At the same time, it's made me realize that there are still flaws in the way I'm balancing my training regiment. These past few months I've been reaching out to my circle of friends and consulting them for their expertise in nutrition, physical therapy, and training. Finding improved ways to balance my eating, training, sleep, and recovery so that I'm nurturing my body not running it to the ground.
What are you trying to find a better balance in your life?
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