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So most of us train “hard”.  But does that mean we get the most benefit from said training?  Training is about forcing the body to adapt to certain stimulus or stress.  That stimulus can be volume (base phase), force, speed, explosive power you name it. All these and other stimuli have one thing in common.  They all require a certain time for recovery to be effective and have a positive influence on your body.  Recovery is the “magic bullet” to training having a positive effect.  Without rest, training stimulus is just stress.  The body is amazing how it copes and changes to the stresses of training, but without enough rest, training stress turns into bad stress.
There are two types of Stress: Distress and Eustress.
Distress is the bad stuff, like worrying about money, work tension, bad sleep, fight with a friend.
Eustress is the good stuff, trying new things, training hard and being able to feel you did something and high energy excitement.
The point of this, is that, to much of a good thing is bad for you.  Right?  Everything in moderation including moderation.  If you add your work and day to day stress to your training load, eventually you will struggle to cope with one or the other or both.  That’s just how the cookie crumbles.  Limiting work stress is not always possible, so what can I do?  Remember that training is a good stress, which helps us cope with the day to day stuff, it releases a chemical in our bodies called Endorphin. This is literally the “feel good” drug.  It helps us relax and feel euphoric.  It helps with pain.  Basically its addictive.  So training can help you feel better.  But how does training become a bad thing.  Well remember that training is a stress exerted on the body to force an adaptation.  Work is also a stress.  So add those stresses together and you get a double helping, and eventually you become overwhelmed.  This is the thing that coaches know all to well, we try avoid this with all our might.  An athlete keeping good training/sleep/eating logs with open communication with their coach, will have a lower chance of a burn out at work, and in training because a coach can help identify the symptoms before they are a problem.

 

Prevention is better than cure. It’s common sense, but hard to put into practise.  The key is balance, also hard to gain, but it’s a skill you need to master.  Control as many factors as you can in you work life, you home and training life.  Master your time, and always have your training things in the same place (to min time searching for stuff) .  Plan things, as much as you can, that way you have control of as many things as you can.  This will help your productivity but also stress.

 

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