With the advent of technology, more and more people seem to have gotten attracted to the prospect of living a healthy lifestyle. But, like in all ventures, there must always be a balance in order to for one to truly benefit from the time and effort dedicated to the activity.

Do too little, and you gain minimal results at best. Do too much, and you run the risk of doing more harm than good — you could sustain an injury during the course of your exercise, or worse.

So, therein lies the question:

How much should you train at the gym?

Well, first you need to identify a few key points:

What Is Your Level Of Fitness?

The very first thing you should determine is where you stand in relation to the spectrum of fitness levels. There are many ways to measure one’s level of fitness and they all involve testing your physical capabilities in comparison to the results of other people. At this point, it’s really a matter of picking your method of measurement.

By being able to assess your fitness level, you and your trainer are at least able to gauge your physical capabilities. This way, you have a definite point of reference where you currently stand in relation to your fitness goals.

What Exactly Are You Training For?

This is another factor that will determine how hard you need to train. There are many different reasons why people want to train. Each goal requires a different training program. For example, if one wishes to join any branch of the military, then one needs to take up a military athlete fitness program. Or say, one simply wishes to maintain one’s mobility, as is the case with most people, then no special programs are required.

So, now you know where you are and where you want to go to. How hard should you really push yourself then?

Well, truth is, there’s one general rule.

You need to train as hard as your body will allow. This not only facilitates your physical growth, but it also helps build mental toughness. Learn to trust in your trainer’s expertise and experience. Allow your trainer to pick out a program that matches your current capabilities and work your way to your goal slowly.

Overtraining Explained

Overtraining” is a term that’s commonly used in the realm of bodybuilding and powerlifting. Generally, you can push yourself hard. But, the limit is when you strain or worse, tear a ligament or tendon. However, this is more common in athletes who undergo incredibly intense training on a regular basis.

For the average Joe and Jane, you’re rarely going to overtrain. However, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get any injuries at all. The one thing that you need to watch out for is your form, as the most common cause of injuries during training is poor form.

So, learn the proper technique of a workout before you even attempt it. A few minutes of research can save you a lot of money and a lot of pain.

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Lora Y