Punishing yourself at the gym or on the treadmill can feel good at the moment and may even help reduce stress. But how do you know if you are overtraining or does that extra impact equal results or could it be one of the serious tell signs of overtraining? Truth is it may not be delivering the kinds of results you think it is. In fact, when pushed to extremes your body can actually start sabotaging your fitness efforts.
Tell Signs of overtraining and how to avoid it
Now before you think this gives you an excuse to slack on your cardio let's get something straight. There is no doubt about it that cardio is great for your body and no matter what your fitness goals are it should be a part of your workout routine. Running in particular can improve your mood and overall mental and physical health. So the more the merrier, right? Not exactly, as with most things keeping a healthy balance is a must. but you must know if you are overtraining.
Red Flags you have Overtraining Syndrome
When your exercise training sessions become more like and obsession you might be suffering from overtraining syndrome.
- Obsessive desire to exercise
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble Sleeping
- Depressive Mood/ Irritability
- Lethargic/ Lacking Energy
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Drop in performance/ training ability
Overtraining happens often in athletes who are training for a competition or goal and do not get the right balance of overload to rest ratio. The phycological impact is very serious and without treatment can have devastating effects.
Dangers of overtraining
When your muscles are exhausted it can leave you with soreness and fatigue. When over-exhausted, muscles respond with lactic acid production leaving soreness and fatigue in its wake. Eventually, muscles become incapable of rebuilding efficiently until they get a proper rest. If this continues for prolonged periods of time it can lead to overtraining. Once your body and mind reach the state of exhaustion burnout or injury isn't too far behind.
How to avoid overtraining?
Changes to your exercise workout can help you a lot. Little adjustments to your running, lifting, swimming, biking, shooting or throwing motion not only assist your performance, they help prevent injury. When you’re too tired to think about proper form, you set yourself up for potential problems. So while we admire your effort, it's important to understand if you are overtraining and need to dial it down so you can enjoy the rewards of your hard work.