If you read enough fitness magazines, listen to enough wellness podcasts and read enough health blogs, you’re likely to encounter the concept of over-training. The basic idea is that you’re doing too much, too quickly, so that you end up giving your body a greater stimulus than it can adapt to or recover from. If this moves past just overdoing it once in a while (like the claw hands I got from deadlifting last night that are making it hard to type this article), your overtraining might lead to immune system issues, chronic fatigue and injury that we see in the likes of marathoner Ryan Hall, who before his recent return to a more restrained training approach retired because all those triple-digit running weeks had burned him out.
And yet while over-training is a very real phenomenon, for some people it’s not the root of what ails them. Under-recovery is. Sometimes we’re exposing our body to an adequate load to produce physiological change, but missing something on the other end of the equation that’s leading to similar symptoms to those experienced by over trainers. Here are three common under-recovery mistakes and what to do about them.