It’s easy to think that it’s simple. Train more = reach your goals faster.
However, there’s a tipping point. There are many names for it. Overtraining. Under-recovery.
The point is if you input (exercise, work, stress, etc) more than you can recover (sleep, nutrition, self-care) from then the result is negative, not positive.
The worst part is that it’s a snowball effect. If you continue to train more and more, it becomes much harder to recover from it.
So how do you know how much to workout?
Unless you’re an athlete who wants to compete, most adults only need an hour of training 3-5 times a week for a healthy fitness level.
Having a coach will handle most of this for you. At Torva, our coaches are trained to advise clients on the right prescription of exercise while our programs are designed to challenge you just enough without burnout.
Next, you’ve got to track your workouts and follow a plan.
A decline performance is another telltale sign you may be over doing it. Though, it could also be due to the other factors in this series. Most programs are written with the strain on the athlete in mind. Adding your own “extra work” to the program may push it overboard.
That being said, do not use “overtraining” as an excuse when the other recovery factors are not being met. If you’re only doing a few workouts a week and not feeling recovered, it’s likely sleep, nutrition, and/or self-care to blame.