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Overtraining. Most people think that the more exercise and training the better, some even go so far as to spend days, weeks, months and possibly years working hard as hell without adequate rest or recovery.
Don’t get me wrong though. Exercise is great, a lot of exercise is even better... BUT only if your body can take the stress, intensity and punishment you’re forcing it to go under. If it can’t handle what you’re throwing at it, eventually you are going to reach a “tipping point” and something is going to give, and frequently that results in your body letting you know in various ways that it needs to rest and recover. Sometimes with serious consequences too.
Here are some ways you can tell that you need to give your body some chill time and a chance to recover for future workouts:
1 - Decreased Performance in and out of the gym. Workouts that previously felt easy, now feel difficult and are a killer to complete? Performance is taking its toll, continue overtraining yourself and you could even regress and have to start over to make any improvements again.
2- Excessive Fatigue. Tired all the time? Losing motivation to go to the gym and just can’t gather enough energy to do any exercises? This is a pretty obvious symptom, rest up and remember to listen to your body!
3 - Become agitated and moody easily. Overtraining can take a toll on your stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine). Hormonal imbalances can cause mood swings, irritability, loss of concentration and in severe cases, depression.
4 - Restless Sleep. The release of stress hormones again. This results in your body not being able to completely relax, making sleep harder and much less effective.
6 - Loss of appetite. Hormone imbalances can affect satiety mechanics in the body. In some cases the stress of overtraining the body can lead to appetite suppression!
7 - Injuries and pains that don’t go. Overused muscles and joints without enough recovery. Overtraining can also take a toll on your immune system, leading to your body working overtime and finding it difficult to fight illnesses.
These are just a few symptoms that can result from overtraining. Li