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5 Signs You’re Overtraining

At FITstrong, we’re all about training to keep healthy, fit and happy.  And there’s nothing that we love more than seeing our clients succeed at their fitness goals. However, we do also understand that training too hard for too long can be detrimental to your long term goals. So to make sure that you don’t overtrain and hurt your goals and your body, here are some signs you’re overtraining.

But first, what is overtraining? Overtraining happens when you train more than your body can recover from. A less severe form of overtraining is actually called overreaching which can be recovered from in a few days. However, more severe forms of overtraining can demand weeks or even months of recovery!

5. Extended muscle soreness

Having sore muscles for a day or two after a workout is completely normal, and in most cases, it’s a good reminder that you’ve done a good workout. But, if you’re still very sore past the 72 hour mark,  it’s a good idea for schedule a break into your training regime. Extended soreness is one of the first signs that your muscles aren’t recovering which can impact your training in a big way if ignored.

4. Increased injury

If you’re getting injured more often than usual, you may be overtraining. In which case, it’s time to slow down for a few days. When you overtrain, your body doesn’t get enough time to recover between workouts which means you are training in a weakened state which increases your chance of injuries. To avoid this, our advice is to include rest periods or very low-intensity workout into your training schedule.

3.  Lack of motivation

We all know that feeling that comes over us every now and then. That feeling where training seems like just too much effort. However, if you’re normally very dedicated to your fitness goals and suddenly find yourself feeling detached and unmotivated – then you might just be overdoing it. If this is you, taking as long as a week off might be just what you need to get your mind and body into gear again!

2. Slowed progress

Has your body stopped changing even though you’ve ramped up your training regime? If so, you may be overtraining. It may sound a little contradictory, but it’s true! The reason? When you overtrain, your muscles are torn and sore which means that you might actually be burning muscle rather than building them! Muscles need a chance to repair, so them the time they need!

1. You feel fatigued and sluggish

When you’re overtraining, your parasympathetic nervous system becomes overly stimulated, leading to a decrease in testosterone, an increase in cortisol, fatigue and a tendency to hold on to body fat.

If you can relate to any one of these signs, come chat to us! We’d love to hear from you and give you some advice on how to avoid overtraining in order to reach your fitness goals in a healthy and effective way!

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