top
Welcome to How To Be Fit.com
Invest In Your Health And Fitness For Life
SITE INDEX USE OUR SEARCH
ABOUT CONTACT HOME
Facebook Twitter Blog
Team Howtobefit on Facebook Team Howtobefit on Twitter Team Beachbody Coach Blog on Wordpress
Beachbody On Demand
Daily Workout

Total Body
with Sagi Kalev
Unlimited Streaming of Over 40 Beachbody Workouts for 1 Year
Plus Shakeology Superfood Nutrition to Fuel Your Body for 30 Days

The Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack
ON SALE TODAY for Just $160.00!
Recipes, Advice,
Articles & More
Shakeology Stream Workouts Workout DVD's Coaching Opportunity Enter to Win $500 Our Best Deal
Connect With a Coach Today to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!
Team Beachbody Coach Rich Dafter
Rich Dafter
Coach, business owner, father, runner
Team Beachbody Coach George Penn
George Penn
Coach, entrepreneur, business owner, father
Team Beachbody Coach Jessica Watters
Jessica Watters
Coach, Pilates instructor, mother
Team Beachbody Coach Ayanna Penn
Ayanna Penn
Coach, entrepreneur, mother
Team Beachbody Coach Alexandria Garza Escobedo
Alexandria Garza
Coach, family doctor, mother
Team Beachbody Coach Edmalia Constanza
Edmalia Constanza
Coach, yoga and CIZE instructor and mother
Team Beachbody Coach Edmalia Constanza
Ric Terrell
Coach, business owner, father
    This Week's Featured Products and Solutions Click here to see our complete product line
Superfood Packed Shakeology - Try It Risk Free
Save up to $15.00
Try Shakeology
Risk Free On Home Direct
3 Day Refresh Kickstart
Lose Weight and
Jump Start a New
Healthy Eating Lifestyle
Beachbody Ultimate Reset
A Comprehensive
Inner Body Tune Up
In Just 21 Days
3 Week Yoga Retreat is Free on Beachbody On Demand
The 3 Week Yoga Retreat
is FREE (a $99 value) with
Beachbody On Demand
Enter the Beachbody Challenge and Win
Get Rewarded with a
Free T-shirt and a Chance
to Win $100,000.00
» Workout Programs
» Nutritional Supplements
» This Weeks's Best Deals
» Free Personal Coaching
» Stream 100's of Workouts
» Enter the Challenge
» Watch Product Videos
» Weekly Meal Planner
» The Weekly Newsletter
» Team Beachbody Tutorial
HOTTEST SELLING DVDS
» 22 Minute Hard Corps
» Hammer and Chisel
» CIZE
» 21 Day Fix
» 21 Day Fix Extreme
» PiYo
» Insanity Max:30
» Body Beast
» Focus T25
» P90
» P90X3
» Insanity
» TurboFire
» 10 Minute Trainer
» P90X2
» P90X
» Asylum
» Brazil Butt Lift
BEST SELLING NUTRITIONALS
» Shakeology
» 3 Day Refresh
» Ultimate Reset
FITNESS TOOLS
» Body Fat Calculator
» Body Mass Calculator
» Caloric Needs Calculator
» Calories Burned Calculator
INDEX OF RESOURCES
» Aerobic Exercise
» Bicycling
» Fat Burning
» Fitness
» Flexibility
» Health
» Heart Rate Training
» Kid's Fitness
» Motivation
» Nutrition
» Outdoor Fitness
» Over 40 Fitness
» Running
» Swimming
» Synergy Fitness
» Walking
» Weight Loss
» Weight Training
GET TO KNOW US
» About Howtobefit.com
» Contact Us

Connect Mind and Body
to Prevent Overtraining and Conflicting Goals

From Active.com - Register Online For Thousands of Events and Activities

The most common and most costly mistake made by casual and serious exercisers alike is habitual overtraining, which results in a decline in health, fitness and motivation levels.

Exercise is a form of physical stress to your body. When you exercise, you are actually fatiguing your muscle fibers, heart, lungs and other systems of your body.

In the recovery period, your body’s natural ability to adapt to the stress placed upon it enables you to grow stronger and fitter — the desired response to exercise.

This simple principle of stress and rest is a fundamental law of fitness, yet it’s ignored by many highly motivated, goal-oriented exercisers.

Often your mind and your ego override the natural principles of stress and rest as you pursue your tangible goals. The goals you set, the training diary you keep, the influence of your peers and the judgments you place on your physical appearance are all mental factors that motivate you into action.

These motivational factors quite often do not co-exist peacefully with your body’s natural rhythms and the natural process of becoming healthy and fit.

When this happens you are faced with a serious problem of conflicting goals and motivations. The demands of your ego and your compulsions fight against, and often take precedence over, the natural needs of your body. This causes you to exercise harder or more frequently than is optimal, sending you into a spiral of habitual overtraining.

These conflicting goals can confuse you; you don’t know whether you’re just being lazy or whether your body truly is tired and needs a break from exercise.

This confusion arises when the connection between mind and body is weak. When mind and body are connected, your behavior will align closely with your goals and you will gain the maximum benefits from your exercise routine.

How to connect mind and body? Listen to and trust your intuition when it comes to training decisions. Your intuition is that little voice inside that always knows the right thing to do whether its rest with a sore throat or extend your ride from a planned 50 miles to 100 just because you feel fantastic!

Trust your intuition above all else — even highly paid coaches or best-selling authors. Instead of blindly following a robotic training schedule, govern your training decisions (and all other decisions in your life) by asking yourself, "Is this healthy?" "Is this aligned with my long-term goals?"

My discussion of the Four Rules of Intensity for anaerobic training is an intuitive approach to properly scheduling and conducting intense workouts in your training schedule.

Establishing a strict guideline such as "Only push yourself when you feel 100% rested and motivated" introduces a subjective, intuitive element into your decision making.

Consider the opposite — for example, "Group track workouts are every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m." This approach makes you a "victim of circumstance" — just like Curly of the Three Stooges.

While you can certainly organize your lifestyle and your training load to predict that your body will be ready to go hard on Tuesday nights, you should always back into your training schedule in this order:

1. "Im rested, motivated and eager to run hard."
2. "Im going to the track workout tonight"

… rather than the victim order:

1. "Track workout is scheduled tonight"
2. "Im pretty tired, I hope my knee holds up"

In the first example, mind and body are connected. In the "victim" example, mind and body are totally disconnected: The body pounds a track workout while the mind is worried and anxious.

Every time you exercise, your mind should be at peace and congruent with the physical purpose of the workout. The only exception is when you sneak into a health club you are not a member of to swim some laps. Then you will naturally be worried!

Future articles will discuss some practical steps to become a more intuitive athlete.


Brad Kearns is a former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete and popular author, speaker and coach in the fitness world for the last 16 years. Brad’s Power Month book/CD offers a focused, 30-day program with daily Action Plans to improve dietary habits and food choices, goals and heart-rate based periodization training schedule, general health and stress management and personal growth issues. His www.Bradventures.com offers a healthy, holistic approach to performance nutrition and healthy, balanced lifestyle practices.

back to top

Become a Team Beachbody Coach and Help Change People's Lives
SAVE 10% ON GETTING FIT
Click here to SAVE 10%
on every Beachbody product that you purchase!
ENTER THE CHALLENGE
Click here to enter
The Beachbody Challenge
with your chance to
win $500.00!
MOST POPULAR LINKS
Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack
Stream Beachbody videos for just $2.99 a week
Shakeology on Home Direct
Superfood Shakeology
$2.00 shipping on Home Direct

How To Be Fit Site Index

RESOURCES
» Beachbody On Demand
» Workout Programs
» Nutritional Supplements
» Get Fit Faster
» Free Personal Coaching
» Read Our Blog
» Join the SuperGym for Free
» Join the Club
» Get Paid to Be Fit
» Enter the Challenge
» Watch Success Stories
» Watch Product Videos
» Watch Workout Tips Videos
» Watch Healthy Eating Videos
» Weekly Meal Planner
» Get Nutrition Tips
» Get Fitness Tips
» Team Beachbody Tutorial
» SuperGym Tutorial
INDEX OF ARTICLES
» Aerobic Exercise
» Bicycling
» Fat Burning
» Fitness
» Flexibility, Yoga & Massage
» Health
» Heart Rate Training
» Kid's Fitness
» Motivation
» Nutrition
» Outdoor Fitness
» Over 40 Fitness
» Running
» Swimming
» Synergy Fitness
» Walking
» Weight Loss
» Weight Training
FITNESS TOOLS
» Body Fat Calculator
» Body Mass Calculator
» Caloric Needs Calculator
» Calories Burned Calculator


GET TO KNOW US
» Head Coach Rich Dafter
» About Howtobefit.com
» Howtobefit on Facebook
» Howtobefit on Twitter
» Contact Us
JOIN OUR TEAM
Team Beachbody Coach
and Business Membership
If you want to help people as they join you in getting healthier and fitter and a 25% discount on all Team Beachbody products, then the business membership is for you. Get healthier and fitter and earn extra or full time income.
Just $39.95 to sign up
and then $15.95 a month

that's less than $ .53 a day.
Click Here to Learn More
SAVE 10% ON GETTING FIT
Click here to SAVE 10%
on every Beachbody product you purchase!
ENTER THE CHALLENGE
Click Here to Enter
The Beachbody Challenge
with your chance to
Win $500.00!
back to top
© 2017 Howtobefit.com  -  Join for Free -  Join The Club  -  Business Opportunity  -  Shop  -  Earnings Statement  -  About   -  Contact  -  Home