She has not been well these past two days.
Unable to quite put her finger on the reason as to why, poor Gym Ninja has been feeling completely drained of all energy, unable to focus, concentrate, string together a complete sentence or even talk in 'joined up writing', let alone write it it. It swept over her Sunday evening, so she sent herself to bed fairly early, hoping a decent night's sleep would cure her.
Monday came...and poor Gym Ninja had to drag herself out of bed, despite having had a decent night's rest. Hmmm. Gym Ninja is usually bionic. Perhaps she had suffered too much sleep? However, as the day progressed, she found it harder and harder to concentrate on her day job, and driving was certainly hairy when feeling that her concentration levels were lacking. It comes to something when, despite feeling tired, Gym Ninja concedes defeat and drives right past her regular gym haunt and instead sent herself directly to home, not even passing Go. (or whatever the Monopoly board does-hey, they should make a gym-based Monopoly Board!).
After a nap on the sofa and a health home made soup to try & boost her vitamin quota, Gym Ninja attempted again to go to bed early to try and sleep off the sleepiness. Well, she 'says' early, and indeed 10pm is an early night for her. But to no avail. Her body may have been exhausted, but her mind was wired!
Today, Gym Ninja is less tired yet still feeling 'out of sorts'. A bit flaky. A bit wobbly. A bit lacking in 'oomph'. So Gym Ninja began to consider that perhaps this may not be an odd little virus after all? Perhaps it may be her body telling her to take a break? So she did some research on 'Over-training' and the symptoms it can cause..
Apparently, one does not have to suffer all of the signs to signify that perhaps one is suffering from over training. (Get one, talking in the third person!!), but here is a list that she found online...and she has highlighted those symptoms she feels she may be suffering herself to see if she is indeed a victim!
- Decreased performance (strength, power, muscle endurance, cardiovascular endurance)
- Decreased training tolerance and increased recovery requirements
- Decreased motor coordination
- Increased technical faults
- Altered resting heart rate (HR), blood pressure and respiration patterns
- Decreased body fat and post-exercise body weight
- Increased VO2, VE , and HR during submaximal work
- Decreased lactate response
- Increased basal metabolic rate
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep and eating disorders
- Menstrual disruptions
- Headaches, gastrointestinal distress
- Muscle soreness and damage
- Joint aches and pains
- Depression and apathy
- Decreased self-esteem
- Decreased ability to concentrate
- Decreased self-efficacy
- Sensitive to stress
- Increased occurrence of illness
- Decreased rate of healing
- Impaired immune function (neutrophils, lymphocytes, mitogen responses, eosinophils)
- Hypothalamic dysfunction
- Increased serum cortisol and SHBG
- Decreased serum total and free testosterone, testosterone/cortisol ratio
- Decreased muscle glycogen
- Decreased serum hemoglobin, iron, and ferritin
- Negative N2 balance