Are you experiencing a slight niggle at the moment in your muscles which is affecting how you perform when in the gym? Does it give you grief when you try to get to sleep? If you are finding these problems aren't going away then you might need to adjust what it is you are doing, read on to find out a little more about how I can help you...
Small Niggles Become Bigger Problems
So if you are experiencing a small niggle somewhere in your body because of the training you are doing, one bit of important advice I want to start off giving is to monitor it. Be aware of what could be causing this small niggle because before you know it, it could become a bigger problem that prevents you from training altogether. Just because you pick up a small niggle it doesn't mean you have to stop training, it just means you might have to be a bit more careful around the area and what you do.
What Causes These Niggles?
Most times the cause of these little niggles is through too much training, or bad technique which is letting your body know you need to take a step back. You might have recently started lifting heavier weights which then has impacted on your body in a negative way, which is quite common with many people who start this type of program. So make sure you train smart if you are changing your routine and lifting heavier weights.
Prevention Is Cure
I have written about this many times and will continue to do so because it is another aspect of fitness that gets forgotten about, stretching is a must! Continuous lifting of weights and impact on the body without stretching is going to cause more problems long term. Take a look at your physique in the mirror to assess what parts you need to stretch more than others. This isn't a vanity exercise as this is something I do regularly. Typically if you work at a desk you might find your shoulders round forward which impacts your chest muscles, therefore you need to focus on stretching your chest and shoulders whilst at the same time strengthening your back muscles. You might find similar problems in the lower part of your body so check your quads, hips and hamstrings for the same thing.
It is ok to rest from time to time, it isn't going to harm your physique or your gains so don't worry so much. In a seven day period I would expect you to rest at least one day to let your body recover and allow for hormones/muscles to repair accordingly. Don't be afraid to get a rest day in and allow your body to heal.
Finally, above all else listen to your body, only you know how you feel and what you can do. Obviously to see change you have to push yourself but be sure to give yourself the break you need too. This time of the year you are more susceptible to illness and when your immune system is weaker your training can suffer too. Train smart, consume the right foods and use your supplements to keep you in fully working order, I hope this helps :)