Science Says… Train But DO NOT Overdo It For Best Results


Just a quick post on this subject because I for one am guilty of overdoing the gym sometimes, especially when I start to see some gains! I’m not saying you should overthink training and rest periods, but I would suggest respecting them. Despite the benefits of exercise, too much can increase the physiological stress placed on your body, and sometimes this can be too much for your body to deal with.

If this stress is allowed to persist, then the strain may manifest as impaired immunity and/ or inflammation, and the consequence of this is overall diminished resilience to stress (such as that from training), meaning your body will refuse to adapt anymore. This is known as ‘blunted reactivity’ which in turn halts, and even reverses your gains! Not good!

Be sure to allow adequate rest, maybe 1 or 2 days a week of minimal physical activity, as well as being sure to meet your nutritional requirements. A Multi- vitamin and mineral may do the trick, so too would a good source of protein, such as Whey protein.

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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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