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I’m not about to go up against your gung-ho spirit animal of a battleaxe here, so instead, I will give you some science, and if you don’t like it then you can take it up with science.
How to tell if you're overtraining...the science way:
Step 1: Establish a Baseline
- Have an analog clock by your bedside or within sight of your bed, with a second hand.
- Upon waking, before even sitting up, before sipping water, look at this second hand and take your pulse. Count your heartbeats that occur within 10 seconds. Repeat if you desire for consistency.
- Multiply that number by 6. So if you counted 12 beats in that 10 seconds, you get 72. Whatever this number is, is the closest you can get to your resting heart rate while being conscious.
- Write this number down.
Step 2: Collect more data
Before you freak out, consider that some experts recommend taking a baseline of 2-3 weeks of data before coming to any conclusions.
Step 3: Don't freak out
So what to do if you are, indeed, overtraining?
This doesn’t mean “take it easier” in the gym, since I think we’ve established that aerialists and other circus performers don’t have a clue how to actually do that, it means having the courage to take a few days off. Super off. No, this doesn’t mean going for a light 10k jog, it means actually resting. You can do it. The only thing harder than training is not training. It does indeed take a soldier’s discipline.
So here’s to you and here’s to me, and here’s to that rest day where you lay around eating pudding once a week. Or kale...it's your barbeque.
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