I’ve lost around 20 lbs since January. I’m up to about 36 miles a week and progressing at a 10% increase in mileage each week. I’ve been monitoring my diet with Under Amour’s Myfitnesspal app. It automatically inputs the calories burned during a workout and tells me the recommended number of calories for replenishment. Because I’m moving to the higher miles (and adding more stress to the body ie. calorie demands, increased muscle repair, etc.) this is now more important than ever to make sure that I’m eating enough to so my body has what it needs to function healthy.
The cycle of stress added by excercise makes your body respond in two ways, it gets stronger or the added stress causes injury. The later is referred to as overtraining. It’s something that is not often talked about but it refers to when the challenges placed upon the body exceed it’s ability to adapt. Explained by the process outlined below you can see how homeostasis is positively or negatively affected by added stress on the body.
Just a quick reminder to monitor calories burned and make sure you are eating enough to rejuevnate your body. Also it is important to remember to rest and ‘listen to your body’ when it is sending signals to take a break. You can always cross-train and take a zero day. Rest assured a zero day is better than months sitting on the couch with an injury.