How to Know When You’re Working Too Hard

Tip of the Day – Monday 2nd July

In the build up to a huge event like an Olympics on home soil, there is a temptation for athletes to train that bit harder than normal, because more is better, right?

Fortunately athletes and their coaches are all to aware of the risks of over-training syndrome; a collection of symptoms that signal the body is struggling to cope and instead of getting stronger in training is actually going in the opposite direction. Lack of motivation, impaired performance, irritable, sensitive to criticism, poor concentration, difficulty getting up in the morning, difficulty getting to sleep at night and general fatigue are all symptoms of over-training.

So what about in business? Do any of those symptoms feel familiar to you? Ambitious people are driven to work harder and longer hours. They work through lunch to get more done, and perhaps impress the boss. They eat on the run, go from one meeting to another without pause, get home late then carry on answering emails by Blackberry whilst downing a ready-meal or takeaway. If business people were athletes, many of them would be over-trained and ultimately under performing.

The more you want something, the harder you tend to work towards it. However, learn from our athletes. They understand the balance between pushing in training, eating well and getting enough rest. Being well-nourished and sufficiently rested is the key to great performance, so in sport and in business, avoid becoming over-trained.

About Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain MSc is a performance nutritionist based in Hertfordshire supporting athletes in a variety of sports and offering weight loss and general nutrition coaching to anyone looking to improve their health and well-being. Paul has lectured extensively on nutrition and is former Technical Director at Solgar Vitamin & Herb, where he gained extensive knowledge of the supplement market. Paul uses a functional approach to promote improved performance and long-term health.