The problem is, overtraining can backfire, leaving you vulnerable to the kinds of injuries and illnesses that could keep you off exercise for weeks or months.
Are You Doing Too Much?
You'll know you're overdoing it if your workouts suddenly feel harder than usual, or you're losing ground despite the fact that you're working harder than ever. If you're feeling the pain, it's time to do some analysis on your workout routine.
The typical signs of overtraining include:
- Achiness or pain in the muscles and/or joints
- Elevated morning pulse
- Sudden inability to complete workouts
- Feeling unmotivated and lacking energy
- Increased susceptibility to colds, sore throats and other illnesses
- Loss in appetite
- Decrease in performance
If you experience any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to visit your doctor to make sure nothing more serious is going on. If it is simply overtraining, there is something very simple you can do about it.
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