Hi CT / anyone willing to help!
About 6 months ago I posted on this forum about “adrenal fatigue” and you explained how there is no such thing as “adrenal fatigue” but the symptoms are real. You also gave me some great tips that helped a lot.
Over the years I have had a lot of psychological stress as well as working hard in the gym when I probably didn’t need any additional stress. Due to this extra stress over the years, I believe it has taken a toll on my body.
I have been living with symptoms of “adrenal fatigue” and overtraining for a long time:
trouble sleeping (waking every 2-3 hours) I don’t know the last time I slept longer than 4 hours in a row. I also get up and go to the bathroom every time I wake up but I don’t drink much before bed.
-waking up sweaty
-constantly exhausted and wanting to nap
-depression / anxiety
-resting heart rate higher than normal
-lightheaded when Standing up
among many others
I can still make progress with my lifts but it trashes me. If i try a lower body taxing exercise I could be feeling extra beat up for days. Anything that raises my heart rate extra high (high rep lower body, farmers walks, etc) also will beat me up for days.
I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to finally smarten up and realize I need to set my ego aside and get better. This sleep thing especially drives me crazy. I’ve been to many doctors and they’ve all said I’m fine besides my hormones being depleted due to the chronic stress.
Sorry for the long post but my question to you would be what kind of workouts (if any) can I complete during the week to at least keep my sanity while I try to really pull back on the training and get better? Frequency, Less taxing exercise examples, splits, etc? My routines are usually full body workouts 3 days a week and when I switch routines Up I switch to upper lower upper for 3 total days per week. I find it hard to work my legs without taxing myself but I know at this point it’s about health and not gains for now.
Thanks a lot for your help!!!