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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Is he overdoing it? – You decide

The manager of the swimming pool told me that there was a man aqua-jogging daily for 5-6 hours a day. He was concerned that this fellow was over-doing it and could I talk to him. I said that I thought I knew the person and would have a quiet chat with him.

“Fred” (not his real name), I asked when I next caught up with him about his worn out knees; “I hear there is some guy aqua-jogging 5-6 hours a day. Is that you?” “Oh no, that can’t be me”, he replied trying look innocent; “I’m only doing four hours a day. If I do more than that I end up rubbing all the skin off my back”.

Over-training – The Signs
  • If you are overdoing things, you may have one or a combination of the following:
  • Consistently elevated morning pulse.
  • Irregular pulse
  • Unusually slow pulse associated with light-headedness and unusually low blood pressure
  • Tired, draggy feeling.
  • Grumpy, hyper-emotional and overreacting to stress.
  • Poor quality sleep.
  • Craving for chocolate, caffeine and stimulants, indicating that your adrenal glands are stressed.
  • Lowered immunity resulting in infections such as a sore throat, cold, or breakout of cold-sores.
  • Sore, hard muscles; cramps and aches.
  • Loss of form. Overworked muscles are “turned off” and your body awkwardly tries to recruit others that are inefficient for the job at hand.
  • You find yourself stumbling over your own feet and your nose seems to be closer to the pavement than usual.
  • Loss of motivation such as feeling like quitting workouts or procrastinating to do your training.
  • Slow, disappointing times in workouts and competition.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

this could be obsessive compulsive discorder and may require professional counselling to get to the cause of the behaviour