For many serious athletes, exercise is an enjoyable, yet addictive, activity. Exercise enthusiasts can attest to the rush of energy and excitement they feel during fitness and athletic routines. With the promised benefits of fitness results, many individuals believe that over-training will speed up their fitness progress. Over-training is more than just working out when you are tired. It’s about not giving your body enough rest to recover from stress to muscles and joints. With specific fitness and athletic goals in mind, athletes may ignore the negative symptoms of over-training. Going to the extremes is not smart in anything you do, especially with your training routine. You should be protecting your body, not over-working it!
Muscle Training Takes Time
Training your breathing muscles is no different than training any other muscle. It takes time. In the beginning, your breathing muscles are not used to the additional effort required to use PowerLung. It takes about four to six weeks for the muscles themselves to adapt to the new training and learn the exercise (muscle memory). Attempts to take shortcuts or speed up the process will lead to negative consequences. Have the patience to let the muscles build the strength they need in order to help you perform better in your current training program, and then add additional training as you progress.
Develop a Training Plan & Schedule
Develop a training plan and schedule, with fitness goals to be achieved during a specific time frame. Ensure that your fitness plan is specific, realistic, and measurable. Yes, you receive benefits along the way as the strength and endurance of the muscles improve. You must stay within the reasonable limits of breathing and muscle training in order to achieve optimal fitness benefits.
Importance of Rest:
Following training, there needs to be a period of rest. This will improve strength and fitness in the long-run. Depending on the type of training, rest periods can last from a few hours to a few days. Without enough rest for your body, your performance will eventually slowdown or worsen due to a lack of muscle regeneration. Top athletes allow for a warmdown after a workout, which gives the body time to recover after intense training.
Consequences of Over-Training:
PowerLung is NOT a measurement device. PowerLung IS a training device specifically designed to train the muscles used in breathing. Doing more exercises with PowerLung works the same as overdoing any training. It will not make it better, in fact it might slow down your training. It can cause soreness and may even cause injury. Every person’s body reacts to training in different ways. Becoming in tune with your body’s training capacity enables you to avoid the consequences of over-training.
Ensure that your training is in harmony with your body’s needs so that you can focus on smart training routines that sustain your body’s long-term health. If you are interested in learning more about this type of training, you can read more online about Progressive Threshold Resistance Training.