You have good intentions. You think putting in hours of exercise is what you’re supposed to do. However you aren’t seeing the results you want so you get frustrated and train harder and longer.
It’s natural to want to kick it up a notch. It’s a delicate balance, though. There are a few telltale signs that you’re overtraining.
- You’ve stopped seeing results: Growth and repair happen with rest. You need to give your body time to recover from any intense regimen. Changes in your body happen after your workouts — your sleep, your rest, and your nutrition all play a part in helping you reach your goals.
- You are tired and exhausted: Find yourself drinking an extra cup of coffee — or three? That’s another telltale sign. Dial it back to replenish your energy.
- Everything hurts! Hey a little soreness is normal. However if you are having to wear knee braces, ankle supports, kinesio tape etc. you might want to check yourself! Joint pain is NOT normal. “Your muscles recover faster than connective tissue — like tendons and ligaments — so overtraining can cause those vital connective tissues to wear out,” says Raphael Konforti (Youfit Health Club’s Nat’l. Director.
- You keep getting sick. Too much exercise has been proven to lead to more Upper Respiratory Infections. The stress of over-training compromises your immune system making you more susceptible to viruses and infections. If you feel something coming on – tone it down and REST until you are fully recovered.
Listen to your body and remember -more is not necessarily better!