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Overtraining Syndrome and Athletes


Overtraining Syndrome – Overtraining Syndrome and Athletes.

I have decided to take a few days off completely this week and maybe the rest of the week to let my body recover. I have not felt right since before the race but post race and the strep bug – my body is wiped out. I did some research about over training and I seriously think that may be the culprit. So I am going to go with that and rest – really rest. A couple of days to a week won’t set me back that far…

Overtraining syndrome frequently occurs in athletes who are training for competition or a specific event and train beyond the body’s ability to recover. Athletes often exercise longer and harder so they can improve. But without adequate rest and recovery, these training regimens can backfire, and actually decrease performance.

Conditioning requires a balance between overload and recovery. Too much overload and/or too little recovery may result in both physical and psychology symptoms of overtraining syndrome.

Common Warning Signs and Symptoms of Overtraining Syndrome

* Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy

* Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains

* Pain in muscles and joints

* Sudden drop in performance

* Insomnia

* Headaches

* Decreased immunity (increased number of colds, and sore throats)

* Decrease in training capacity / intensity

* Moodiness and irritability

* Depression

* Loss of enthusiasm for the sport

* Decreased appetite

* Increased incidence of injuries.

* A compulsive need to exercise

It’s hard to predict overtraining since everyone’s body is different. It is important, however, to vary training through the year and schedule in significant rest time.

Art Camp for Kids – Thinking Outside the Box | K12 Blog thinktank


Art Camp for Kids – Thinking Outside the Box | K12 Blog thinktank.

We all know parents who continually share stories about their kids’ talents and how they have a prodigy in the making. I am totally not one of those parents who goes on and on about their children’s talents – I swear — but my 8 year old daughter, Hannah, appears to have a talent for art– no really, she does, and I am NOT one of those parents…

I always look for ways to encourage my kids to explore different things that spark their interest. Hannah has always been creative – since she was a toddler and even today, she always has a sketch pad in hand. In the past, she has attended various types of art classes, but something about the structure of it turned her off. Sometimes as a parent, you have to almost force your kids to keep at something but with this, I was worried that if I strongly encouraged her to keep going to the classes, it would turn something that she loves into something that felt like a chore, so she took a break from any sort of structured art class. I just began to look for ways to encourage her to just sketch, draw and create when the inspiration strikes so she doesn’t lose the inspiration.

It’s a Struggle


I’m struggling. My weight is up, my body fat is up – my motivation and morale are low. It’s very frustrating and depressing. I am not going to lie about it – it sucks! I don’t know what’s going on inside of me — I am trying to reignite the fire but it’s a struggle…

Many people look to me to help inspire them and I refuse to paint a different picture..there are even those that have a solid commitment that struggle and right now I am struggling. No one should work this hard and not see results…

Boot camp Workout –

Warmup x 1:
rockette kicks
forward lunges

plank heel to elbow
straight leg/crunch lifts (i have no clue what these are called)
hip thrusters
25 push-ups
general stretching

3 min stations
pullups/jumping pullups (switch at half)
400 m run
bosu pushups/bosu burpees (switch at half)
400 m run
db swing squats
400 m run
rope wave lunges
400 m run
65lb front squats
400 m run <–  I left before I ran.

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