5 Signs You’ve Been Overtraining

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We all know that too much of something can be bad for us, and this can even include exercising. According to lifehack.org, our bodies need at least 1 – 2 rest days per week.

People who feel less energized, guilty, or even moody if they don’t complete their daily workouts tend to be the ones who overdo it and need more rest.

  1. You feel large amounts of pain

If you feel pain in different areas of your body, then that could mean that you are not using them properly. If you run too many miles or if you run too hard, your knees and lower limbs can take a huge hit. This type of pain is not good for your body at all, and rest days will only help to prevent further injuries from occurring.

  1. You have a hard time completing a workout

If you are getting weaker and slower during your workouts, it might mean that you are overdoing it. The more tired you become, the worse your form becomes when you lift, for example. Poor form when lifting can lead to injury, so it is more beneficial to your body to just take a rest and heal rather than to strain anything seriously.

  1. You’re doing serious workouts every single day

High-intensity workouts — like lifting and sprinting — every single day does not give your body enough time to recover and recuperate. If you want to stay active for a long amount of time, you will want to begin listening to your body when it gets stressed. Working this hard every single day only leads to regressing health, so alternating low-intensity days with high-intensity days can greatly benefit you in the long run.

  1. You get sick frequently

Since exercise is supposed to be one of the best enhancers for your immune system, it doesn’t make sense for exercise-lovers to constantly fall sick. Getting sick frequently during your workouts is a huge sign to take a break.

  1. You feel moody after working out

Exercise is supposed to make you feel energized afterwards, so if you feel like taking a nap and very grumpy, this may be a sign that you need to slow down.

We want our fitness-lovers to realize that taking some time off of exercise will not throw everything off; instead, it will leave your body feeling more refreshed and will allow you to achieve even greater results later on.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.