Author: Holly J Coley
The first month of the year is a popular time to start new exercise programs. You may be feeling super motivated to smash goals like train everyday or lift heavier and while that’s great, it’s important not to overdo it.
Now you’re probably thinking, Hey, no pain, no gain. But your body can’t make gains or any progress when it’s overworked. Here are 7 signs you’re overtraining.
1.You’re tired, even after a full night’s sleep.
Feel like your legs are made of led? Not giving the body a chance to recover from its previous workout can leave it feeling chronically fatigued and you dragging though out the day.
2. Elevated heart rate during exercise and rest.
According to the American Council of Exercise, an overworked heart muscle will take longer to return to its natural rate, even after exercise. If you notice yours racing all the time, it might be a sign you’ve been overdoing it.
3.You’re not seeing progress like you did before.
It’s not just your diet that plays an important role in whether you gain muscle or not. Rest is also a big component. Muscles that don’t have time to recover don’t grow.
Seems counter-intuitive but when we overexercise the body releases stress hormones like cortisol. If you’re looking to lose the belly fat, lose the 7 day a week HIIT habit.
5.You feel pissy all the time.
The elevated stress overtraining brings can wreak havoc on your hormones. Your ability to focus may also weaken and you could experience brain fog.
6.Your workouts aren’t going well.
One of the most common signs you’re over doing it is that you’ve lost motivation or simple exercises suddenly feel hard. Taking off a day may be the very thing to jolt your love for the gym back into shape.
7. You’re suddenly clumsy.
Over exercising can cause physical imbalances that can lead you to dropping things and bumping into stuff.
Now don’t get us wrong. We want you to hit it hard at the gym but a day (or two) of rest won’t hurt. In fact, it will help you return back better than before. If you want to make sure you don’t crash and burn on your New Year’s fitness goals, take some advice: Pencil in those off days next to your spin class.