Why you should pay attention to your nervous system.

If you are reading this blog then I will assume that you are well aware of how you nervous system works. If not you may want to Google nervous system and get to studying.  Without the nervous system on would not exist. It controls everything that the body does. All the musculature, organs, movement in your daily life and without it you would be nothing. A lot of people tend to take their nervous system for granted.  Remember the nervous system never gets a day off.  So there are days just like the rest of your body your nervous system will get burnt out and when that day comes you will know. Now most people who are either athletes or type A personalities will push through those sluggish days.  Sometimes that will be a problem because when you nervous system is not functioning at optimal levels your chances of injuries/illnesses will go up.

How can I tell if your nervous system is worn out? Dan John famous in the Health and Fitness word came up with a simple test he calls the pencil test. Very simple take a sheet of paper get a watch and see how many dots you can make in ten seconds. For more tech savvy people find a Space bar taping game. Count the number of dots made. Do this every day until you get an average of how many dots you can get in ten seconds.  My usually average is between 75 –85 dots in ten seconds.  Now let’s say you’ve been training pretty hard and you wake up one day and you are feeling very sluggish. Getting out of bed feels like Power cleaning 315lbs.  You do the pencil test and you notice that you only able to get 58-62 dots. Your nervous system is probably not functioning at optimal levels.  So instead of pounding away at your usually routine adapt your workout and give your body a lighter day so that it can recover completely.  I personally have found when I do this the next day I feel fantastic.  This way you’re allowing your body enough time to adequately adjust to the stimulus so you have less chance to worry about burnout.  Adjusting your workout accordingly will save you from injury in the future.  Remember that you cannot lift heavy and go 100% every day your body will be broken down.  I recommend that  listen to your body and adjust accordingly and you will be happy for it.

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.

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