We need to remember that our training is a STRESS in itself. Most of us lead big lives, with many stressors, and our overall goal of training is to maximize our training load while delivering positive adaptations. This means we must be in tune with the ebb and flow of life stressors, and adapt our training load relative to life. We cannot expect to simply dump a training program, full of highly specific training stress, on a life already at capacity with stress.
A good way to think of stress is as ‘global hormonal load’. All of the following factors increase the load on us systematically:
And many more. While we want to optimize our hard work, we must have a dynamic approach to our training to ensure we can yield the results of our own hard work in training.