Sticking with the program to obtain your fitness goals is always a challenge, calling on all your resources of mental toughness and perseverance to go the extra mile. You may even attempt to overcome training plateaus and mental obstacles by pushing through the pain, day after day, even when you don’t feel like it. However, hard-hitting workouts day after day can lead to burnout and can even result in full-blown overtraining syndrome.
Symptoms of overtraining syndrome include:
- Poor athletic performance
- Chronic muscle soreness and joint pain
- Overuse injuries
- Chronic fatigue
- Upper respiratory infections
- Bone loss
- Sexual dysfunction
- Altered mood states
- Lack of motivation
Clearly, exercise alone is not enough to help you achieve your goals.
The Winning Equation
Like many things in life, balance is key to obtaining your fitness goals. To overcome inertia and take your performance to the next level, you need to allow time for your body and mind to recover from the rigors of exercise. The winning equation is:
Training=Workout + Recovery
During your workout, you challenge your body’s systems to work harder than they are accustomed to, a principle called overload. When pushed to their limits, your body’s systems adapt and grow stronger.
However, training adaptations of muscles, bones, joints and other internal systems take place during rest, when your body can focus on healing and regenerating new tissue.
Strategies for recovery include:
- Ample productive sleep
- Micronutrients to support cellular function
- Plenty of pure filtered water
- 48-72 hours between exercise sessions for any single muscle group
- Recovery therapies to promote healing
Cryotherapy for Optimal Recovery
One tried and true strategy to promote recovery is cold therapy. Exposing sore tired muscles to cold temperatures accelerates healing by reducing inflammation, detoxifying tissues, and decreasing pain. In fact, ice is the go-to remedy for any type of soft-tissue pain or injury.
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is an optimal treatment to promote recovery from overtraining, and its regular use by elite athletes bears testimony to its effectiveness.
During a WBC session, you stand in a cryo chamber while cold nitrogen gas rapidly drops your body temperature to 30º F. The treatment lasts for only three minutes, long enough for your body to respond by causing your blood vessels to constrict, shunting blood to your core and removing inflammation and toxins from your skin and muscle cells. As your body warms again, blood infused with oxygen and nutrients returns to peripheral cells, accelerating the healing process.
Regular cryotherapy sessions once or twice a week will:
- reduce pain and inflammation
- promote deep sleep
- accelerate tissue repair
- boost your immune system
- promote collagen production
Advanced Cryo NYC, located in the heart of trendy SoHo, is the best place in NYC for WBC. Advanced Cryo’s spa-like clinic and expert clinicians will make your therapy session relaxing and enjoyable. While visiting, check out our unique menu of treatments and therapies, like micronutrient IV cocktails and other therapies designed to promote health, wellness and beauty.
Don’t succumb to overtraining syndrome. Call Advanced Cryo NYC today, and schedule your WBC recovery session. You’ll be glad you did.