Why No One is Immune to Overtraining

Prevent overtraining by eating a moderate carb diet, targeting fruit and vegetable sources (keep in mind your reduced training load, however!), while doing as much as you can to reduce your work-load and stress levels!

Exercise and resulting trauma can induce similar effects to infection, causing inflammation. Following exercise or infection, uninjured tissues are now “cannibalised” to meet the energy-demands of recovery. Your body eats its own muscle mass!

  • Maintain a well-balanced diet adequate energy, carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins & minerals
  • Carbohydrate solution pre, during and post-training may help in reducing immune suppression
  • Be aware of reduced energy needs and fat gain!
  • Allow sufficient time between training sessions for recovery and take measures to reduce psychological stress such as academic/paid work, socializing if necessary.
  • Get regular and adequate sleep every night (ideally 8-10 hours) and additional recovery at weekends
  • Take advice on the use of additional supplements (fish oils, echinacea, vitamin-C, antioxidant formulas etc)
  • Maintain good hydration
  • Discuss the possibility of vaccination if a frequent traveller
About Matt Lovell

A sports nutritionist and brand ambassador for Kinetica Sports. Matt also runs his own elite performance based company called Perform and Function.

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