Life can beat you down.
Like most people, you are juggling multiple activities of the daily grind called life. Unknowingly, this grind also increases your chance of injury. The daily grind is all the demands placed on you plus the extra you take on because of the FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome. Wanting to be mom/dad plus cross-fit super star on social media plus part-time entrepreneur and going to night school for a change of career can cause additional stress.
Feelings of overwhelm and stress can take a toll on the body. In studies having an excess of the stress hormone cortisol in the body is unhealthy. To be on alert at all times can lead to an increased chance of injury during regular physical activity.
Remember, if you want to maintain an active body for yourself and your family, it’s crucial that you listen to your body and identify the signs of a pre-injury from training.
The key to injury prevention is identifying pre-injury. Pre-injury is a small signal the body sends out. You have to be able to recognize it, then be able to give the right solution to heal it and to test it to finally resume the activity again.
5 Pre-injury Signs
Your Body Isn’t Adapting In Spite Of Hard Training
When you’re over-training with a pre-injury your body goes in the opposite direction of growth because muscles are injured. All you are doing is re-tearing them. Because muscle development and recovery varies based on age, to optimize muscles recovery you must give your body the right dose of nutrients and rest time. Finding the right components to the puzzle will allow your body to heal in the least amount of time.
There An Increase In Water Retention
You might think that you are getting fatter after training but this is actually water retention. Over-training can be problematic if there are hormonal disruptions. Your testosterone levels can plunge while cortisol (stress) levels keep increasing. If you continue to overburden your body, you can end up with a host of problems related to protein metabolism and insulin resistance.
Extended Muscle Soreness
It’s pretty normal to have sore muscles for a couple of days after an intense workout. But if your body remains sore even after 72 hours, it’s high time you schedule a training break and rest. Remember prolonged muscle soreness is a classic sign that your muscles are not recovering well. If you continue to train, you can do serious damage to your muscles.
Pre-injury from over-training will also make you feel overly fatigued and sluggish. You will also have odd aches and pain in your limbs, bones and joints that don’t seem to go away.
You Feel Crappy Even After A Good Workout
The post-workout energy and general feeling of well-being is one of the best things about training. But, if you feel cranky and agitated after working out, you may have a pre-injury from over-training. That’s right. If exercise makes you feel negative, it’s time you take a rest and let your muscle and joints recover completely.
You Cannot Finish A Workout And Aggravate Old Injuries
If you are getting injured more often or you are aggravating old injuries, it means that you are training in a weakened state. If you do this frequently, you will only increase your chances of seriously damaging your muscle and joints.
At the end of the day you should change habits so your training is setup to optimize your health and fitness. Adding manual self-therapy products is a vital part of the lifestyle habit to remain a life long athlete.
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