Students gathered in the Smith Building on Oct. 13 for the Know Your Limits Workshop instructed by Steve Kimple, a professor in the Health and Recreation Department.
The Know Your Limits Workshop is just one of the wellness workshops that will be conducted during the semester.
This workshop provided students with the opportunity to gain greater knowledge and understanding about exercising and what they can do to improve their exercise programs.
During the workshop, many students learned the dangers of overtraining and how to prevent it.
“If we get really excited about going and working out or training but we don’t know how to correctly do it, we are putting ourselves in danger,” Kimple said.
Overtraining is when individuals train too much or too intensely. This kind of training results in fatigue, illness or injury.
There are many reasons why a person might overtrain.
Often, people learn of a great fitness program and want to go and try it, causing them to overtrain.
Individuals who have motivation to workout but don’t workout often may overtrain when they try to include exercise in their day.
Kimple emphasized that many individuals who workout fail to see the big picture.
“It’s not about training hard, it’s about training smart,” Kimple said.
Kimple suggested that if an individual has one day where they have a hard workout, they might want to have a lighter, less strenuous workout the next day.
To prevent overtraining, monitor the intensity and volume of a workout.
Start off with an easy workout and work to a more demanding one. It is always a good idea to stay hydrated during a workout.
According to www.sharecare.com, people who don’t drink enough water during their workout, feel mentally slow and are not as aware of what they are doing or the things around them.
Drinking cold water while exercising in the heat, can help reduce body temperature.
Abbey Anderson, a junior studying exercise physiology, attended the workshop. Anderson said she is always looking for ways to become healthier and that she took a lot out of the workshop.
“I love health and this is making me more interested in fitness. This is helping me know what I need to do to improve exercise routines,” Anderson said.
Another wellness workshop will be held Thursday, Nov.10, from 2–3 p.m.