It is always good to keep your body moving and in proper condition. That is why people are encouraged to exercise regularly. However, there is also a thing called excessive exercise, which can adversely affect your body rather than benefit it. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware that it is possible, and not everyone knows when their body has had too much exercise.
If you are an exercise lover and experience any of the following signs, maybe it is time for you to stop, rest a bit, and consider changing your routine.
How Much Exercise Is Bad for You: Signs You Are Overdoing It
1: You Are Not Improving Your Performance
The more you do, the better you should get. However, you are overtraining if you see no progress in your performance despite the continuous and regular sessions. Reduced performance can manifest in different ways. You may notice this more when you decrease your standard set’s volume or intensity.
For example, you may have loved running in the morning but find that you have been experiencing reduced speed, decreased agility, strength, and endurance in the past days. You may love weightlifting but can no longer complete a standard set using the same weight as you did before.
2: More Effort Required for Some Exercise
If doing the light exercise suddenly becomes a challenge for you, you might want to give yourself an exercise break. When the simple routines and effortless moves now seem like a challenge, speed up your heart rate, and make it difficult to breathe, you are probably overdoing your workouts.
It usually takes your body a few hours or days to recover from intense exercise. However, if time has passed and your condition has not improved at all, you may have strained yourself.
There are two possible causes behind it. One, you are not eating enough to give your body the protein, fat, and carbs it needs to recover; two, you exercised too much.
4: You Become Moody and Easily Irritated
When you overwork your body, you trigger the release of stress hormones, like cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that respond to stressors. When you are too stressed regularly, your adrenal glands will release increased amounts of cortisol, which can inhibit the release of other hormones needed by your body for healing and digestion. As a result, you get a hormonal imbalance making you moody, irritable, and unfocused.
5: Lack of Proper Rest
Sleep is supposed to help your body recover and repair itself after an intense workout, but this is impossible for people who are overtraining. You may try to close your eyes for a long time, but you may not feel well-rested or relaxed after. Many factors contribute to this. An increase in body temperature and endorphins after a workout can keep your brain and body awake. When you are dehydrated, you will also get an increased heart rate, resulting in difficulty sleeping restfully.
These are only a few of the many signs to watch out for if you are working out on your own. The key is to listen to your body and not to over exhaust yourself. Make sure also to fuel your body before and after you work out. If you think you are at your tipping point, get some rest or seek professional trainers’ assistance.
Make sure to give your body the right exercise it needs. If you need help, you can get a personalized fitness program at Wellesley care of The Fit Factor Personal Training. Book your session with us today and get a complimentary consultation.
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