Beware of Too Much of a Good Thing

PSH CEO Thomas Hofstetter’s first Triathlon (Red Bank, Olympic distance) this past weekend was impressive not only because he achieved a goal; not only because he trained for, practiced and prepared for that goal, and was so successful. What impressed our observant PSH blogger is that without fanfare (or pre-event anxiety!) he tapered and rested leading up to the big day. And he did that taper as scientifically and as disciplined as he had done months of training.

It was surprising to see a novice “get it right” not so much in the aspect of doing enough training, but in the vital ingredient of knowing when to back off and rest. Often, avid athletes and exercisers have the most trouble with this aspect of their game. Discipline? no problem for building up a sweat and a good heart rate. But to allow that training to take effect, you need to know when “enough is enough.”

So as the weather warms up, and Spring is upon us, in your zealousness, don’t forget to balance your athletic efforts with rest. And that doesn’t have to mean total inactivity. You can do what the great distance running legend Grete Waitz called “active rest.” Some activity, just perhaps walking, gardening, playing with the kids or cross-training.

The Cleveland Clinic mentions these signs that you’ve overdone it:

When you develop a psychological distaste for working out.
When you feel sore all the time.
When you frequently feel tired for no apparent reason.
When you seem to take longer to “recover” from exercise.
When you develop symptoms of mild depression.
When your strength or stamina appears to be declining.

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