Signs that your workout is wrecking your body
By Ea Francisco | Photo by Justyn Warner/Unsplash
They say that when it comes to achieving your workout goals, it’s ‘no pain, no gain.’ You just keep going as hard as you can as often as possible. But what a lot of people don’t understand is that too much pain could be your body telling you that you’re overtraining. Even though exercise is generally good for you, going too hard all the time can have negative effects. If you’re experiencing these signs, then maybe it’s time to reassess your workout frequency.
If you train too much, your nervous system remains stimulated and excited, which can make you feel unfocused and restless. Further lack of sleep can affect your mood and recovery, which affects your overall immune system.
Stress causes an increase in a number of hormones and it’s your adrenal gland’s job to manage and respond to it. But according to a study, chronic overtraining can impair its functions, and your body becomes unable to keep up with the hormonal balance. This eventually leads to fatigue.
Extended Muscle Soreness
It’s normal to experience soreness after a workout, but if it seems like yours is lasting particularly longer, then it’s a sign that your muscles aren’t recovering. If you still feel sore even with proper sleep and diet, then it’s a common sign of overtraining.
If you’re monitoring your changes and notice that you don’t seem to be improving, that could be a sign for overtraining. Your muscles aren’t recovering enough, and all those microscopic tears are being torn again every time. If this continues, you may even experience a time when you can’t even finish a normal workout because of soreness and low stamina.
Symptoms of overtraining tend to overlap or have a domino effect because of similar reasons. It’s really less about training too much and more about not having enough recovery. Even seasoned athletes know their limits.