Have you been overtraining for your paddle sports?
We’re sure many of you out there pride yourselves on being dedicated athletes in your chosen paddle sport, as you’ve got to put in the work to see results.
But did you know there is such a thing as putting in too much time in your training? Doing this could lead to you becoming a victim of what is known as overtraining. Doing this could lead to a different set of results that you may not be so pleased with.
How to tell if you are overtraining
There are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for which will help you identify if you have been overtraining. These include, but are not limited to, constant muscle soreness, chronic fatigue, change of appetite, lowered self-esteem frequent illness, insomnia and even depression. If you are consistently experiencing any of the symptoms above, you may well be overtraining.
How do you prevent and/or cure the issue?
One of the key ingredients to a healthy training plan is rest. Where it may seem like rest will hinder your progress, it will actually do quite the opposite. Taking at least one day off a week and spacing out your workouts gives your muscles a chance to repair, rebuild and get stronger.
Rest days allow your body the chance to adapt to the stress of exercise, as well as an opportunity to replenish your energy stores and repair damaged tissues. Without this rest, your muscles and tissues don’t have the chance to recover, meaning they will continue to breakdown. This will eventually lead to overuse injuries, affecting your overall performance.
Another way to avoid overtraining is to incorporate cross-training into your plan. Try mixing together your paddle training with some sprints, swimming, yoga, running and gym work. Different workouts will work different muscle groups, which gives your body the chance to recover between workouts.
If you are suffering from an injury, give the affected area a break and take part in low-impact activities until it has recovered. You might even discover you enjoy a sport that you never thought of before.
Probably the most important rule to follow when training is to listen to your body. Your brain will no doubt tell you that you can keep going as hard as possible, whereas your body is telling you to go easy. In some cases, that may mean you call it a day earlier than you had planned, go home and rest, ready for your next session. Doing that is perfectly acceptable and will allow you to train harder and for longer the next time.
Allow your body to rest, eat nutritious foods, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep and you might just find your overall fitness improving.
Be sure to take a look at our range of canoes, kayaks and SUP boards for sale to ensure you are prepared for next time you want to venture out on the water and work on improving your fitness!