6 Signs That You’re Overtraining
You have been hitting the gym pretty hard lately; between your normal cardio and weight training routine, you haven’t given yourself enough time to rest. All of a sudden your fatigued, you’re feeling really irritable and you’re starting to lack motivation. These are all signs that you are overtraining.
You may have also noticed a change in your resting heart rate. According to shapefit.com, “altered heart rate and blood pressure, especially an elevated resting heart rate early in the morning, are blaring signs that you are overtraining.”
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While some of you need to be tricked into going to the gym, others – avid gym goers – are hitting the gym too often. It’s important to take a break, a day to rest and relax your muscles. Your body needs time to recover, destress and heal.
By giving your body a break you will increase your performance level, reduce the chance of injury and repair your immune system. You will also enhance your mental wellbeing – feeling recharged and reenergized.
Here are 6 signs that you’re overtraining.
1. Your muscles are really sore- No matter how many times you stretch and use your foam roller, your muscle soreness just won’t seem to go away. This is a sign that you need to take a day to rest. The more you work your muscles, the more likely you will start to suffer from aches and pains. This leading to even more time away from the gym.
2. You’re extremely tired- You’re not giving yourself enough time to rest and recover after your workouts and you’re just heading straight into another intense gym session. This could be detrimental to your health, and a key sign that you’re overtraining. You need time to recover after your training sessions to avoid becoming overly tired. Extreme fatigue may result in injury and a decline in performance.
3. Decreased appetite- This is a sign that many people overlook, loss of appetite. Constant stress on your body, resulting from overtraining can lead to a decrease in your desire to eat. Lack of motivation and anxiety due to excess training may also contribute to your changes in appetite.
4. Mood changes- Mood changes such as irritability, depression and anxiety are likely to occur when you’re overtraining. According to acefitness.org, “too much exercise and too little rest can wreak havoc on the hormones and cause mood swings and inability to concentrate.”
5. Elevated heart rate at rest- Check your pulse – is your heart rate elevated during your rest days? If you’re resting heart rate is much higher when you’re not working out, you may be overtraining.
6. Loss of motivation- Are you dreading your workouts? They just don’t seem as exciting and motivating as they used to be. If this is the case, you may be overtraining. Take a couple days off to get yourself back in a positive mindset. After all, you’re not going to get in a good workout when you’re dreading your gym session.
--Nicole Dossantos Editor The Active Times