When it comes to muscle building, the body's mental reward system follows its basic model: the more work you put in, the more muscle you get out. However, it is equally important to listen to your body and observe the equation that makes muscle: a period of strain in which the muscle fibers are torn microscopically, followed by a period of rest and recovery in which the muscles repair and regrow stronger, using muscle protein synthesis. At a certain point, continuing to attempt to lift is futile, because the body needs to repair before further muscle building takes place. However, many people often ignore their bodies and push on, to the detriment of their overall well-being: this is called over-training.
Symptoms of over-training include:
- Weight loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Personality and mood changes
- Loss of concentration
- Feeling drained after normal workout
Listen to your body: it is the greatest possible monitor for whether you may be over-doing it. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we are helping people get in tune with their bodies to maximize both their workout and their well-being. If you are feeling burnt out, it may be time to leave the weights behind for a week and focus on light aerobic activity, and a focus on nutrition and hydration. If you are feeling out of sorts perpetually, there may be a pre-existing nervous system imbalance that can benefit from an evaluation at our office in American Canyon. Give us a call at (707) 864-2223.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.