In the world of health and fitness it’s easy to get caught up in the mindset that training hard breeds results. To an extent this is true, you need to continually push and challenge your body to keep making fitness gains; however you also have to allow your body adequate time to rest and recover or you risk suffering from overtraining, or worse, injuring yourself. The following signs are indicative that you may be training too much:
1. You’re tired all the time. One of the hallmarks of overtraining is that you suddenly find that you’re exhausted all the time. Working out is supposed to leave you feeling energized, not lethargic, but when you do too much working out and not enough resting your body starts to shut down. If you find that you’re feeling more tired than normal but nothing in your routine has changed you might want to check the intensity of your workout schedule and take a few easy or rest days.
2. You’ve stopped seeing results. Fitness gains are the easiest way to tell that your workouts are actually working, and as you improve it can be tempting to keep pushing yourself harder and continually testing your limits. However if you’ve stopped seeing results it could be that your muscles are failing because they’re being overworked.
3. Workouts that should be easy seem hard. Everyone has a few default workouts that are easy for them and take little effort. When those workouts start becoming harder to execute it’s time to take a step back and look at the rest of your training regimen. If you’ve been doing hard workout after hard workout repeatedly, and you’re easy workouts are suddenly difficult, then you’re probably overtraining.
4. Irritability and moodiness. You may not realize it, but your mood is directly tied to how well you feel physically, and when your body is exhausted from training too hard for too long it’s going to start directly affecting your overall mood. Suffering from irritability and mood swings can be caused by overtraining because your body is fighting so hard to keep up with you that your hormones start to shift and get all out of whack.
5. You have nagging pains. Lingering pains in your joints and muscles are an indication that your body isn’t getting enough time to repair itself before your next intense workout. Your body has to have adequate time to rest so that it can rebuild all of the muscles that get broken down during workouts; otherwise it’s going to start falling apart.
Intense workouts have a place in every training regimen, whether you’re training for a marathon or lifting at the gym. However easier days and rest days have their place in your training as well, and overlooking those days can result in overtraining, burning out, and injuring yourself. Don’t neglect giving your body the time it needs to rest and recover. The fitness improvements you’ll make by allowing yourself time to recover far surpass any made by training hard all the time.
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