This mistake can hinder your progress in weightlifting
During weight training, your muscles undergo a number of changes. “When we train with weights, we set off the first domino to increase muscle size, strength, and/or performance,” says Josh Honore, NASM, CPT and Row House trainer.
At first, your body will use glycogen stores for energy, and when these are depleted, it will begin to break down fat and protein for energy, depleting your muscles’ energy reserves and breaking down muscle fibers. As a result of this process, muscle fibers can tear and fluid can be lost, which can cause soreness and inflammation. In response to these tears, muscles send a signal that they are damaged, and specific cells respond that grow and regenerate muscle cells.
“Actual adaptation occurs in a state of rest,” explains Honoré. “If you don’t give your body enough time between workouts, your adaptation process stops. You leave valuable gains on the table and can start the next workout without fully recovering,” adds Honore.
Rest is no less important for our mental health. Many of us turn to exercise as a stress reliever, but overtraining can lead to burnout1, stress and anxiety. When you train with weights, you raise your heart rate and raise the level of cortisol in your body. The problem is that you are going through a stressful time in your life addition On top of a tough weightlifting schedule, you could be doing more harm than good.
Instead of thinking of exercise as “homework,” think of it as something you enjoy. The key to a healthy lifestyle is to make exercise enjoyable and beneficial, not a source of tension or stress.