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7 Hidden Signs of Overtraining

How to Know When to Lay Off the Exercise


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    One sign not mentioned - and one I would never have thought possible - is getting bruises on the outside of your body from over-working muscles. At least that is what I believe happened after I had to miss my weekly Pilates class for nearly 3 months and then went back. My abs/obliques were so sore for the next few days... but then I noticed I had large black and blue marks in that area near the bottom of my ribs on both sides. Has anyone else ever experience this? - 5/3/2016 11:01:16 PM
  • This article is just what I needed this morning as I drug myself out of bed. I felt guilty because I just couldn't summon enough energy to take my morning walk. Now I know my body is telling me I need a break so I don't have any reason to feel guilty. I can get back to it when my body feels energy again. Sometimes I have a tendency to just keep pushing my body even though it says no. - 5/3/2016 11:18:02 AM
  • I've noticed when I have overtrained, I feel listless. I discovered an app for the iPhone that tracks heart rate variability and makes a recommendation on whether the user should consider reducing training load that day.

    Each morning, I use the app to take a measurement. After 4 days, a baseline is calculated. The baseline adjusts with additional measurements.

    I am just a user, not affiliated with the folks who own the app. If you're looking for help, the app is HRV4Training. I don't understand the science behind it. I can say that the days I feel weary, the app usually suggests a lighter workout or rest day.

    The app could be handy for those who are data junkies. - 4/24/2016 4:08:15 PM
  • that why my legs were super heavy on the track. They just had ENOUGH! I better take a rest. Whoaa - 1/12/2016 6:54:35 PM
  • thanks for the article ill take today off. see if that will help - 7/30/2015 10:40:05 PM
    Hey Jennipher, we love this article! We just wrote a similar one on overtraining and would love if you checked it out. You can find the article here:
    ecover/ - 6/17/2015 9:54:21 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. - 4/16/2014 1:36:25 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. - 1/19/2014 8:21:57 PM
  • This totally happened to me. It derailed months worth of work. My body got tired of fighting me and just shut down. Over doing it can really screw up your goals. - 11/13/2013 12:10:53 PM
  • Good info. Thanks - 8/28/2013 6:55:23 AM
  • Great article - 6/27/2013 9:50:07 PM
  • I have to be careful with my body. - 6/27/2013 8:51:18 PM
    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. - 4/23/2013 1:53:22 PM
  • My legs hurt really bad when I overdo it. - 4/14/2013 9:30:36 PM
  • Good article.I can relate.

    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.

    Thanks. - 4/3/2013 12:21:05 PM

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