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Why Overtraining is Dangerous to Your Healthy

Updated on April 6, 2022
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Nyamweya is a Kenyan scholar who has done many years of research on a diversity of topics.

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As a professional coach, I have on many occasions demanded too much from my players, by requiring they spend more time at the gym working out, with the aim of improving their personal performance on the pitch. But with time, I noted that the same players have developed an unhealthy addiction to exercise, some of their reason is that they want to retain their spot on the team, and can only do so by always staying ahead of their teammates, in regards to performance. But what I have come to learn through my many years of experience as a coach is that, the same players who over train are the very ones whose performance starts dwindling over time. To perform well in their various disciplines most athletes; have to put in more efforts while in training. But some athletes do not realize that it is the same hard work that makes one weaker and only with enough rest that the athletes can replenish and make them stronger. Some of the strategies that I employed to cab this habit are discussed in the paragraphs that follow.

Rest time is quite crucial for sportsmen as it facilitates physiologic improvement. While resting, the body responds to a maximal loading of the cardiovascular, muscular system and as a result, it does improve the efficiency of the heart, increasing glycogen stores and increasing capillaries in the muscles, and mitochondrial enzyme system within the muscle cells. While on a recovery period these body systems build to a certain level to compensate for the stress that the athlete applied while in training. The result is that the athlete/sportsman is now at a higher performance level. So it is important for athletes/sportsmen to always ensure that they get enough rest after training. Therefore, it is important to make sure that my athletes have sufficient rest time in between practice and games.

It is also critical that sportsmen and women take the recommended diet from a specialist that improves their nutrition and strength. Proper dieting is one of the strategies that the sporting fraternity can adopt as a way to cab fatigue and a decline of vigor commonly associated with over-training. Food nutrients such as carbohydrates are vital for the prevention of intensity declining and fatigue. Carbohydrates are required when it comes to energy and muscle recovery in the body. Lack of carbohydrates in an athlete’s diet can cause their body to enter into catabolism state where the body uses muscle mass for energy. Therefore, it is appropriate that sportsmen are aware of the kind of diet they need to take to stay healthy while at the same time keep with training and games requirement.


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