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7 Hidden Signs of Overtraining
How to Know When to Lay Off the Exercise
4/16/2014 1:36:25 PM
Yeah, I know all about this, just finished a workout that wouldn't normally be that hard and left the gym totally deflated and wanting to go to bed! Time to take a week off training I think.
1/19/2014 8:21:57 PM
Great article. The last 2 months I have had trouble getting motivated to workout, but I made myself do it. About half hour after finishing, I'd feel exhausted, yet couldn't sleep. I also found it wasn't helping with stress and I was short fused. I thought it was just summer holiday stress & weight gain. A few days ago, my body just gave up and my sciatica got inflammed and now I'm probably unable to workout for the next month. I am usually good at listening to my body and what it needs, but I ignored the signs this time and am now paying for it.
I use my waking pulse rate to detect over-traiining. When my waking pulse rate is higher than normal for a few days I cut back. One thing I always say is that you don't get stronger from working out, you get stronger recovering from your workout. When you don't give yourself time to recover than you are shortchanging yourself.
I'm new to SparkPeople and relatively new to regular strenuous exercise, Yesterday, I went to my Tai Chi class,. When I came home I felt seriously energized. My inner Tazmanian Devil surfaced. I went into a cleaning frenzy. In contrast, I went to a fun Mud Run/Obstacle course a couple of weekends ago. While I did great and finished the race, afterwards, I slept 16 hours. When I awakened I felt rejuvenated and refreshed. I guess I really needed the sleep.
4/2/2013 9:37:08 PM
Great article and not something a lot of people are aware of! I remember training a few years back and constantly being sick, and injured every other month, on again off again training, as soon as my head hit the pillow I would fall asleep within seconds, it was not good! We need to remember to listen to our bodies! If you feel tired, try a warm up and see how you feel after that, maybe that day is better of spent going for a walk or taking a break. Training 6-7 days a week will actually take you further away from you goal in some cases, remember less is more! ~Mia St-Aubin
I've felt the exhaustion after a good run and have definitely had the sore muscles for days but I just thought that was a part of the whole "no pain, no gain" philosophy. Having said all that though, I do not exercise everyday - five to six days a week - yes but not everyday. So I really don't think I'm over-exercising.
This is an interesting article! I could see it easily turning into excuses. :)
For me, I have a tendency to get really sick right when I get to what I think is a great fitness level. Right now I have bronchitis and it's a rather nasty case. The only cure is complete rest because it's self-perpetuating and the slightest strain inhibits recovery.
I wonder if it became this bad because I continued exercising when I had a cold, if the cold was due to exhausting myself or due to the guy behind me who coughed through the whole workout session, or just bad luck.
Someone else said there's a fine line between overtraining and not enough and it's really easy to find excuses not to exercise.
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