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People who are very physically active sometimes cross the line
between sufficient training and too much training. Overtraining usually occurs when
the body does not have enough time to recover from the stress of intense
Signs of overtraining include the following:
Treatment for overtraining requires that you cut back on training or
stop altogether for 1 to 2 weeks. In extreme cases, a month or more of rest may
be needed. It can be very difficult for a person for whom training is a way of
life to believe that they have overtrained and need rest. It is more effective
to prevent overtraining in the first place.
To prevent overtraining:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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