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The millennial generation are used to instant results. We produce outcomes in fast rates that were never seen before. Probably, we have been too focused on achieving things quickly that we have seemingly forgotten the virtue of patience.
Patience is required for great things to occur. Training our bodies to lose weight, bulk up, or improve athletic performance requires tremendous effort and patience. However, we have become so used to instant success that we exercise too hard at the expense of rest and recovery. Lack of rest inhibits the muscles to build and repair and the cardiovascular system to rest. This leads to overtraining fatigue syndrome.
What is overtraining fatigue syndrome?
Overtraining training fatigue syndrome is a constellation of symptoms due to excessive physical exertion followed by inadequate rest that may include physiologic and psychological changes. Usually, it is composed of premature fatigability, decline in athletic or workout performance for 2 weeks, emotional and mood changes, motivation difficulties, and overuse injuries such as tendinitis. Elevated resting heart rate, especially an increase of 10 beats per minute in the early morning, signifies overtraining. Fortunately, this syndrome is easily reversible.
How to reverse overtraining syndrome
If you are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, you should stop strenuous activity for one week by all means. You may feel some guilt initially but always remember that this temporary exercise hiatus will improve your health. After one week, ease your way lightly into a workout routine by starting with low intensity exercises. For example, it is prudent to start with walking for 30 minutes first if you used to run for 45 minutes a day. Gradually work your back into jogging before incorporating running exercises. Overtraining fatigue syndrome simply is a disease of strenuous activity more than what is typically required. Rest and recovery for 48 hours after a very hard workout will do wonders for your body in the long run and prevent this syndrome.