If you are a gym lover, I might have some bad news for you. Spending too much time working out could jeopardize your health. Yes, you’re seeing right. As beneficial as training is, carrying it too far does have its risks. You know, too much of anything is bad, and that includes frequent visits to the gym. Here is the thing, if you often ignore the desperate calls for rest your body sends throughout the day, you are settling for nothing but problems. And the only way to avoid that is by listening to your body. But how do you know it’s time to slow down? That’s easy. Here are the signs of overtraining that you might be refusing to see. Ready? Let’s go.
You Get Sick Frequently
If you are doing your best to have a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t make sense to get down with the sickness more easily than usual. Your immune system should be fine if your diet is based on protein and vitamins, you do physical activity occasionally, and avoid smoking and drinking. But if it fails to fight off viruses and colds, it might be one of the signs of overtraining. When you exercise, you spend vast amounts of energy. It is essential to ensure adequate rest for your body between workouts to give it enough time to recover. Or else you will expose your immune system to risk. As a result, you will become more susceptible to cold and flu.
Your Muscles Are Sore All The Time
If you continue to feel intense muscle soreness long after your last training session, this might be another sign that you have been giving your body a hard time lately. Of course, there will be muscle soreness following a big workout. You know, one day you do a series of push-ups and the next day you find yourself struggling to lift your arms. It is okay if you experience those displeasing woes 24 hours to 48 hours following the exercise, especially if you are a newbie. However, if you still feel exhausted and sluggish after 72 hours, you should definitely think rest.
You Have Trouble Getting to Sleep
Another sleepless night? If you have been tossing and turning in bed lately, your heart racing and your mind unable to switch off, this is one of the signs of overtraining. It means you aren’t letting your body recharge fully. It is like a huge battery that charges and discharges after a certain period of time. You know what happens when the battery of your phone gets exhausted. It turns off and is not responsive unless you plug it in. It’s the same with your body. When you hit the pillow, it’s as if your body is plugged in and charging. If you don’t provide enough time for this, though, it won’t charge fully and you will end up having less energy.
You Are Still Tired After A Full Night’s Sleep
On the flip side, do you get enough sleep but still feel run-down in the morning? Again, it could be overtraining. One thing is for sure: you need to slow down. So, if training is making you exhausted instead of energized, it is a rest day you should be scheduling. Mind you that staying out of the gym for a while doesn’t mean doing no physical activity at all. As a matter of fact, you should stay active. For example, you can try stretching, yoga and those regular walks in the open. Anything that isn’t intense training will make do.
Trading your couch-potato evenings for an intense training session is always a great idea but you shouldn’t go to extremes. You need not forget to add proper rest in your training plan to ensure that your muscles recover fully after each workout. Exercise smart, stay healthy.
Can you add more signs of overtraining to the list? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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