Melissa Marotta, MS-II, University of Vermont College of Medicine
STAR 3 Spinning Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise http://spintastic.blogspot.com/
A 35 year old woman presents to her primary care doctor reporting that she has been “feeling lousy” for a few weeks. Upon further questioning, she describes that she has difficulty concentrating at work, is frequently irritable and anxious, and has had changes in her appetite. She hasn’t been sleeping well, feels generally sluggish, and has no interest in sex – or anything else, for that matter.
So what’s the deal? Viral infection? Major depression? Anemia? Vitamin D deficiency?
“You exercise?” asks the woman’s doctor.
Suddenly, her eyes lit up. “Oh yeah. I totally LOVE my Spinning classes! They kick my ass.”
Hmmm. Relevant? Maybe.
Turns out, excessive high-intensity training with inadequate recovery can result in nervous system, hormonal, and immunological changes1. This manifests itself as not only compromised athletic performance but also as disturbances in cardiac function, sleep and energy, cognitive performance, mood, sweating, and immunity. Sub-ideal, right? Right.
WHAT IS OVERTRAINING?
Sorry for the cliff hanger, this article was way too long to post. Here is a link to it.
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