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BBJ Fitness Corner | Health and wellness fitness myth: Longer workouts equal desired fitness results

LIFE accomplishments, usually, are the results of hard work and the time you put in. Work hard in school means you’ll get your degree and find your dream job or open your own business.

Spend more time with friends and family, and you’ll build greater, more enjoyable relationships. Practice longer and more diligently on your jumpshot, and you’ll have better chances of increasing your field goal percentage in a basketball game. In other words, practice makes perfect.

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Maverick Itubus of BBJ Athletics paddles two to three times a week. He says he balances paddling with strength and conditioning.  Contributed photo

According to Gold’s Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz, exercise and weightlifting are a little bit different and more complicated. Using more of your energy and effort may become counterproductive. Most people are unaware of this principle. “I see people overtraining all the time,” Diaz said. “The guys that spend more than two hours working a single muscle group like chest or arms, doing set after set after set, over and over, are overtraining without realizing it. People don’t understand that they don’t get bigger or stronger because of grueling long workouts. The mindset usually is the more time they put into growing their chest, the more chance it will grow.”

That’s not how it works. Your body can only take so much before it suffers from overtraining. Overtraining is simply an imbalance between work and recovery. When you put too much stress on the body and don’t give it the proper amount of rest, many unwanted things happen. The common side effects are a state of chronic fatigue, depression, and underperformance.

There are other signs of overtraining: not being able to complete a proper workout; you feel weak after training; you are restless at night and have trouble sleeping; you feel overly fatigue and sluggish; you get sick more often than usual; you feel drained after what normally would be a good workout.

Getting a good amount of sleep is a key part of preventing overtraining. Seven to eight hours per night are essential. The last crucial element is a balanced diet that fully provides your body with everything it needs to repair itself.

“Fitness enthusiast are excited to see results,” Diaz said. “However, I usually remind family, friends, and clients to listen to their body to avoid getting frustrated from overtraining. I usually remind them to trust the process and enjoy the journey.”