There is nothing more motivating than seeing yourself transform into the best body that you’ve been dreaming of and it’s so exciting. “Oh wow! I’m seeing my muscles when I flex my biceps. I will do more bicep curls.” or “I have lost 1kg in just a week. Awesome! I will do more cardio exercise.” This is one of the thoughts that come to mind that propels others to be overly motivated.
However, if adding more gym time and more calorie deduction with little to no recovery then it can lead to overtraining. I call this “The Fast and The Furious Approach”. Going too fast, too soon and too often will increase your stress hormone (cortisol) level up to the roof prolonging the breaking of muscles (catabolic state). Eventually, your body lose control and leave you feeling discouraged.
Should you blame it to the exercise, intensity, volume and program?
Well, the problem is not being able to balance training with recovery. Consistency is essential so is balance. If you don’t plan and prepare for rest and recovery your body will force it unto you.
Recovery is as important as training. It’s when your body regenerates and rebuilds the muscle fibers (anabolic state). So, it’s okay to have a day or two of rest days. It does not mean sitting or sleeping the whole weekend. You can go for a walk, going to the beach, meditate, foam rolling, mobility exercises, stretching, yoga, Pilates, getting a massage. I call this “ The Warrior Rest.”