PSA FOR ALL FIT FREAKS! Are you taking enough time OFF?
Recovery is just as important as what you do IN the gym. But no matter how much we ‘know’ this, many people consistently spend hours and hours in the gym because it “feels” right. It’s psychological. A dependence. Fitness CAN be addictive, but it’s important that we learn how to overcome these psychological barriers to live happier, healthier and injury free lives. Outside of the gym.
Recovery is THE reason we get fitter and stronger. It’s during this time that your muscles rebuild stronger, where your body puts your workout to use and where you’ll reap the benefits.
I like to think of it as making bread. You can knead the dough as much as you like, but unless you STOP and let it rise, your bread is gonna SUCK. The kneading is important, but the “rising” on it’s own is what makes the bread awesome. Rest is your ‘rising’ time.While SOME activity is better than NONE, TOO MUCH activity can be worse than none at all. Heart problems, insomnia, illness, weight gain, injury, depression: all symptoms and consequences of hitting it too hard and too often at the gym.SIGNS OF OVERTRAINING (and/or fitness addiction).
1. A decrease in performance. If you’re training hard and you notice that you just aren’t able to do what you know you CAN DO (having to reduce your weights, not being able to finish a set, needing to take more breaks etc), it might be a sign that your muscles have not gotten enough recovery time.
2. Problems sleeping, decrease in overall energy, mood swings etc. Workouts generally should BOOST your energy and mood. If the days seem ‘harder’ it might be a sign you need to take a step back. Depression can be a symptom of overtraining as well.
3. Feeling that unless your workout is 2 hours long, it doesn’t count. The truth is, there is ONLY so much you can push your body. After a certain amount of time, it releases chemicals and begins processes to minimize damage… NOT to help you get stronger, fitter or better. 2 hours a day in the gym is too much. Psychologically, this is a barrier a lot of people get stuck behind. Often, beginners are encouraged to workout for long periods of time, but at a VERY LOW intensity. The higher the intensity, the shorter your workout can be. Work to limit your workouts to an hour or less, take less breaks, and boost your intensity instead.
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Well, their bodies will certainly be cleansed - They can expect a constant stream of diarrhea all week.
That’s really all that a “cleanse” is: Your body is built to naturally expel all toxins and harmful entities that you’ll typically ingest. Every time you use the bathroom, you’re getting rid of toxic waste that could potentially harm your body. Drinking only liquids will just mean that your body doesn’t have any solids to process for a few days, so all waste is going to be a lovely watery mixture. This isn’t so pleasant if you value your time away from the toilet.
So in some small way, a liquid diet will partially help you remove toxins, but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessary. If we break this down, there are two types of toxins/impurities in your body at any given moment: water soluble and fat soluble.
The water soluble toxins are naturally taken care of by your liver and excreted via your kidneys. This happens every single time you pee. It’s a near-constant process that will always be in tip-top shape if you have a working set of kidneys and a liver. As long as you are going to the bathroom, then you are getting rid of these toxins. Peeing more often doesn’t mean that you’re getting rid of a greater quantity, only that you’re getting rid of small amounts more often.
And the fat soluble toxins? They can’t be excreted, so they’re stored in your body’s fat content. No amount of water or water-mixtures will flush them out.
So doing liquid diet cleanses really aren’t necessary. You can achieve greater positive long-term effects by reevaluating your diet and exercise routine. A detox or fast is not a quick fix to anything - A liquid fast, for example, might lower their cholesterol levels for a short time period. But once they begin to eat their standard diet again, those levels will return to their previous status. Any weight that they lose? It’s coming right back just as quickly. The effects of a fast will barely last 7 days after they’ve finished.
There is a lot of research and medical literature that shows cleanses to be harmful to the average person. Fasting for more than 1 day will lower your immunity, strain your heart and brain, slow down your metabolism, cause flair-ups of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, lower your energy levels, decrease your fine motor skills, make you experience a delayed reaction time and could lead to severe dehydration.
Most doctors recommend that you choose some maintainable goals for the long run rather then set up short-term fasts. The only way that you can get your body in better condition is to treat it better on a regular basis.
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I don’t have an obligation to be healthy, actually, and I don’t have an obligation to rush to assure you that I’m a ‘good fatty’ with great cholesterol and good scores on other health indicators allegedly related to weight. I don’t have an obligation to tell you that fat isn’t correlated with health because I shouldn’t have to justify the existence of fat people by informing you that you don’t understand how fat bodies work, and you’re not familiar with the latest studies on fatness, morbidity and mortality, health indicators, and social trends.
Because fat people have a right to exist, healthy or unhealthy, and this whole argument about health is a red herring. It suggests that if only fat people could prove that fat and health aren’t coupled, they’d be okay. Society is just concerned for us—worried that we’ll be felled too soon, taking our glorious minds into the ground with us to rot, all because we were fat and we refused to take personal responsibility for our fatness.
Here’s the thing, though: fat people have a right to exist, no matter what their health status is, and their health status is both not your business and not evidence to be used when determining whether they should be found wanting. Fatness is just a characteristic, one with which many people have a complex relationship because it’s socially loaded. Your judgement about fat has not been requested, nor is it required."