With recent shows like “The Biggest Loser,” programs like P90X and in Arizona year-round baseball for kids, Americans are inundated with the message that more is better when it comes to sports and fitness.
We are told that the harder, longer and more often we work out the better we are going to be, feel and look. However, like everything in life moderation should be the focus. As stress goes up in one area of a person’s life i.e. work or school, then less energy must be expended in another area, if not we run the risk of doing serious damage to our physical and mental well-being.
Working out and playing sports, while being a great way to improve athleticism and physicality, can also be an intense stressor to the body. Therefore, we must understand that it is not always about how much and how many times you workout or practice, but how much and how many workouts or practices you can recover from. Because if you workout too much you can actually do more harm than good.
Therefore, let me offer this suggestion the next time you feel the need to perform that intense body destroying workout or complete that gut busting practice and think to yourself if your mind and body might not be better served by some intense body replenishing recovery.
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