Overtraining

Tips to Prevent Yourself from Overtraining

Being physically fit is great and those who manage to balance a workout a few times a week are definitely taking a step in the right direction. However, the saying is always true that too much of anything is bad for you and overtraining is no exception. Overtraining is a surefire way to set back your workout routine and your health so it’s important to learn what to do and not do to keep this from happening.

There isn’t just one bad thing that can occur when you over train, there are several. First, overtraining can cause your workouts to become even harder to do and complete. When this happens, you tend to feel exhausted earlier and less likely to push your workouts further. Your progress can be set back greatly from overtraining. Too much strain on your body can cause your immune system to become weaker, making you more prone to getting sick. This means you can’t build up your body enough to stay healthy. Even getting too many colds can knock the wind out of you when your immune system is already down on its defenses. One of the great side effects of overtraining is the increased risk of injury. Pushing your body to the limits through a workout can cause a number of injuries, from muscle strain to joint pain and even slipped disks. Overtraining can also simply make you not want to workout. When you’re burned out from too much daily exercise, you’ll lose motivation to maintain your fitness schedule, which will basically undo all your progress.

One way to prevent overtraining is to know your body and your stats, especially your heart rate. If you notice that during your workout, your heart rate is slower than usual during intervals that could be a sign that your body is suffering from overtraining and needs a break. Another sign to watch for is if your heartbeat speeds up as you start your workout instead of later on in your routine. This means your heart rate zone is overworked and doesn’t know when to adjust to your workout levels. If your heart rate increases by 10% more than your normal rate, you could be suffering from overtraining. Check your heartbeat each morning and monitor your heart rate. If you notice that it’s increased over time, that’s a sure sign that your body is in overdrive and needs to slow down.

To prevent overtraining in the first place, you’ll have to discipline yourself and learn moderation. Chances are you don’t need to do an extensive workout 5-6 days out of the week for 2 hours. Cut back and try to do 30 minutes to one hour of exercise every other day, or however else you think you can fit it into your schedule. It also helps to keep a diary of your progress. Note what exercises you’ve done and for how long, as well as the dates and time. Play around with different schedules and see which one works best. If you start to experience signs of overtraining, write that down in your diary, too, and make some changes to your workout. Note whether those changes had any impact on how you feel.

Losing Weight with Hypnosis

Losing Weight with Hypnosis: True or False?

The battle to lose weight is one that many people continued to struggle with. Of course the most typical approach to this subject is to practice healthier eating habits and incorporate more regular exercise. However, many are desperate to get rid of their unwanted pounds and often turn to starvation and yo-yo dieting. Unfortunately, these solutions do not provide long term results or are good for the body. But the latest trend using hypnosis for weight loss may be something worth looking into for individuals that are seeking a new way to get over this obstacle.

Hypnosis is a practice that has been widely used for centuries. Although many are skeptical about whether or not it is possible to actually be hypnotized, this hasn’t stopped people from seeking out this method for a variety of reasons. The latest use for hypnotism includes weight loss. As farfetched as it may seem, there are some individuals that have actually benefited from this new form of weight loss.

As most people already know, hypnosis involves putting a person into a semi-conscious state, where he/she no longer has voluntary control over his/her actions. During this time the mind is believed to be more vulnerable to spoken suggestions, instructions or ideas. When it comes to weight loss, those that are fans of this practice believe that a professional hypnotherapist has the ability to plant suggestions about behavioral changes the hypnotized person can make in their lives. After they have come out of the hypnosis, the behavioral changes can then be carried out, providing further motivation for a person to shed unwanted pounds.

For example, if a woman has been struggling with weight problems for years due to binge eating and undergoes hypnosis, the hypnotherapist could make suggestions about changes she can make in her life to curb her binge eating habits. Because her state of mind during the hypnosis session is more vulnerable to the power of suggestion, she could find herself implementing those changes to avoid binge eating without really being aware of the fact that she is taking such actions. This approach would allow her to effectively cut the binge eating, which would in turn give her a chance to drop weight over time by turning to healthier eating habits and exercising more.

So how effective is this method? There have been studies done to monitor the results and in many cases, people did experience weight loss of some kind. The amount of weight lost was considered average (around six pounds), so this particular approach is not intended for drastic weight loss. However, the credibility of the studies has been questioned by critics, which has made it difficult to really measure the true effectiveness of using hypnosis for this purpose.

What makes hypnosis ideal to at least try is the fact that it is safe and poses no negative side effects, unlike yo-yo dieting or skipping out on meals. If you are interested in trying this approach, do not expect extreme results but instead enjoy the experience and see if the behavioral changes suggested by the hypnotherapist really prompt you to alter your lifestyle for the better.