There is such a thing as over training! However, if you pay attention to the signals that your body gives you, you can train and make progress everyday! But, just in case you can’t pick up on the signals your body is giving you, here is a list of warning signs that you might be exercising too much…..
- Decrease in Performance –
This is a bad sign of overload! Athletes from all sports can relate to this and need to learn to avoid it.
- Insomnia –
Your body will become restless and prevent you from getting your much needed rest and recovery.
- Longer Recovery Time –
A sign that you’re not giving your body enough time to rebuild and repair the damage that you’ve done to it.
- Mood Swings –
You release the same hormones when you’re emotionally stressed and physically overloaded. Stay away from the emotional roller coaster!
- Increase in Fatigue –
Mental and physical fatigue can be a sign of over training, it’s important to know your limits. Shy away from training to failure, in most cases it does more damage than good.
- Elevated Resting Heart Rate (RHR) –
An increase in your normal resting heart rate, could indicate that you’re placing excessive stress on your body.
- Lack of Interest in Exercise –
A decrease in motivation or overall enjoyment of the activity can be a major sign of burnout. This more often occurs in weight lifters, sprinters or soccer players who are driven by speed and power.
- Weakened Immune System –
Never a good thing. This makes you much more apt to become sick or injured. One of the best things about proper training is building a stronger healthier body (which includes your immune system).
- Fat Gain –
If you’ve lost weight but noticed an increase in body fat, something is definitely not right! You should never go backwards in your training!
- Loss of Appetite –
This typically occurs in the mid – late stages of over training, and is very closely connected with fatigue. When you slow down bodily processes like metabolism, the body attempts to force a reduction in its workload by forcing you to reduce what you’re doing.
Just a little something I had on my mind today. Hope this helps.
Train Smart & Listen To Your Body!