Exercise is critical to a healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes our enthusiasm to reach our fitness goals can lead to pushing it too far. A balanced workout routine will leave you energized and strong, not exhausted and weak. Working out too much can have negative effects such as muscle loss, a compromised immune system, and sleep disruptions. To combat these negative effects, you need enough recovery time.
Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Recovery Time
There are a few ways to determine if you are experiencing the negative effects of working out too much including:
1. You Get Sick Frequently: Too much exercise can wear down our immune systems. This leaves us vulnerable to getting sick more frequently. Immune system breakdown can also make it harder to recover after a workout.
2. You Feel Demotivated: A good workout routine will fill you with motivating endorphins. You’ll have more energy and be excited for the next challenge. However, overtraining will decrease your energy and negatively impact your mood. Both can reduce your motivation.
3. You Are Experiencing Sudden Mood Swings: If you find that you uncharacteristically moody, it could be a sign you are working out too much. When our bodies are overworked, so are our minds.
4. You Are Having Sleep Issues: Overtraining can lead to both insomnia and hypersomnia depending on the person. When you workout too much your body begins to see training as a source of stress and will produce the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is extremely disruptive to sleep patterns.
5. Your Joints Are Achy: Joint pain is a sign of overtraining because you are putting excess strain on your joints. Though, achy joints can also be a sign that you are working out incorrectly.
The Importance Of Recovery Time
When you are fast achieving your goals, it can be really exciting to want to take things further. However, our bodies need time to recover after a hard workout. There isn’t a one-size fits all method of getting the necessary recovery times. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you need to incorporate more down time. There are several ways to do this and an experienced and knowledgeable private trainer can help. Private trainers can structure your workout so you are maximizing your efforts by achieving the perfect balance between hard work and rest.
Our private trainers will ensure that you are getting enough recovery time for your specific body. We will put together a balanced program and help monitor your progress to ensure that you are achieving all your goals in the healthiest way possible. Don’t risk the negative effects of overtraining, instead call now for 3 risk-free, complimentary sessions. We include a 30-day guarantee on all of our packages.