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Are you over training?

You hear it a lot… "be careful not to over train". I have been hearing it since the day I started lifting. What does it really mean to over train your body? I used to fear what this terrible over training thing could be. I would constantly look for the signs of over training, and concern myself whether or not I could be falling victim to this muscle slayer. So what is the truth?
There are a couple things that you need to pretty much guarantee that your risk of over training is minimal...
Food.
If you are fueling your body with proper nutrients, it will become very difficult to push your body to unsafe or un-recoverable distances. Food plays a vital role in making sure that you have enough glycogen to push through your sets and your reps, enough fat to make sure that your hormones are running full steam, and enough protein to make sure that you are able to recover from the damage that is caused during working out. Giving your body a consistent amount of calories with the proper macronutrients will put you at a very low risk of over training.
Sleep.
If you are giving your body enough sleep each night/day, then you are putting yourself in a position to recover well from brutal workouts. Sleep is so underrated by body builders and athletes and it has tremendous benefits. It is during sleep that you are able to regenerate your hormones like testosterone and growth hormone which are absolutely crucial for muscle recovery and growth. A solid 7-9 hours per night will put you at a very low risk of over training.
Truth is, you don't need to be too concerned about over training. The body is designed to handle a lot if we just simply take care of it as we would anything else that we put through the ringer. Eat well, eat often and sleep enough to make sure that you don't fall victim to the feared over training.

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