For many people, it can be a struggle to find the motivation to exercise at all in the first place, however, there are a select few that struggle with the opposite: we exercise too much. Yes, exercise is a great thing – but too much of a good thing is simply not good.

If you are an avid exerciser, a sweat session is simply part of your daily routine – the problem lies in keeping the consistency and balance enough to not overdo it. When you lose the balance, excess workouts start consuming too much of your life and can affect your body in a negative way.

Your body NEEDS proper rest each week – it is crucial to long-term success! Slow it down and remember that 1-2 days of rest per week are not going to reverse any of your hard work in the gym, but will actually keep your body healthy and re-energized.

So how do we know where to draw the overexercise line?

  1. You’re Feeling Irritable & Moody

Starting to feel like a ticking time bomb? If your fuse is short, this could be a sign that your body is worn down and fatigued. Give it the rest it needs!

  1. Exhausted or Energized?

We’re supposed to leave the gym feeling energized from those amazing endorphins, aren’t we? If you end your workout feeling drained (or can barely make it through), chances are you’re pushing it too hard.

  1. Sore For Days

Feeling sore after a solid workout is normal – but are you feeling sore constantly? So much that you can barely start or finish a workout? This is a clear sign you aren’t giving your muscles the time they need to fully recharge and repair.

  1. Exercise Feels Like a Chore

If you love exercising, you know the feeling of being excited and actually looking forward to your workouts. But if you’re feeling unmotivated and dreading the gym, this is a sign that your overtraining is leading to a decrease in energy and mood. Relax and restore so you can get back to those amazing endorphin-boosting workouts!

Overall, it really isn’t too hard to tell when you’re pushing your body too far past its limits – because it will always be the first to let you know. If your body is acting out on you, listen. It will make your body and mind stronger in the long run!

For more help improving your health and reaching your goals, contact programming@bodyambition.com or visit http://bodyambition.com/online-training/ for more info on our online and in person programs that will be the best fit for you and your needs!

 

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