Listen To Your Body, It’s Smarter Than You!

For centuries the traditional Chinese therapists have spoken about the unity between mind and body, so we really need to heed this and pay attention to it.

Is your mind weak, probably not? Do you stop exercising cos you’re lazy? No again? Then if your body is dropping sledge hammer hints that it doesn’t want to go out for a run, for a cycle or it isn’t in the mood for lifting heavy weights…THEN LISTEN TO IT! Otherwise you could be at risk of overtraining…

Overtraining is a condition that results from the repetitive strain induced from exercise, too much of anything usually ends up being bad for you and this holds true for exercise. If you don’t allow adequate time for rest and recuperation then your bodies energy stores, hormones and central nervous system takes a beating. This barrage is characterised by impaired energy levels, increased physical stress, drops in motivation, impaired immune response, overall weakness and in some of the more extreme cases, neuromuscular fatigue (fatigued mind/muscle connection) and thus severe plateaus/declines in your training and health (Gibson and Edwards, 1985; Lehman et al. 1993). If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’re probably suffering with overtraining syndrome!

There is some overlap with the term overtraining, it is also referred to as ‘overreaching’ or ‘overarching’, the thing is that these are subtly different to overtraining in the sense that they are all degrees of overtraining i.e. recurring overreaching and overarching will eventually lead to overtraining. More information on overtraining will follow these video, as well as useful tips on how you can help avoid the onset of overtraining through proper nutrition and supplementation.


Gibson, H., & Edwards, R. (1985). Muscular exercise and fatigue. Sports Medicine. 2: 120-132.

Lehmann, M., Foster, C., & Keul, J. (1993). Overtraining in endurance athletes: a brief review. Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise. 25: 854-862.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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