3 years ago, I never thought I’d write an article quite like this one.
I was struggling to get myself in the gym, asking myself if it’s worth it and thinking of any excuse humanely possible to skip and head home.
Now that I’m in a position where overworking can be a problem, it’s honestly…bizarre.
But nevertheless, I’ve experienced the negative impact of working out too often and can confirm that a break will help you tremendously.
Here are 3 telltale signs that you’re working out too much:
Listen To Your Heart(Beat)
First up to bat is the one that surprised me the most.
I’m sure you thought to yourself whilst reading the introduction that these signs would be rather obvious: tiredness, soreness, disinterest etc.
And you’re right, this article will seem self-explanatory to most.
But I pride myself in ignoring the obvious and seeking out the wow-factor and that’s why my first telltale sign is…physical.
According to Joanna Stahl, fitness expert, personal trainer and CEO and founder of Go2Practice, “not being able to elevate your heart rate during cardio, or seeing it skyrocket with minimal effort is a key indicator that something is off, and many times you can note the overtraining effect.”
It’ll be hard to get a read with resistance training but you can’t go wrong with cardio. Start your workout with jogging and if you notice any of the above…well, it’s time.
That might’ve been dramatic, but I bet it’s music to your ears.
You’re An Addict
Believe it or not, working out, just like with anything else, can be addicting.
If you do it too often, regardless if it’s a 9-5 you despise or a hobby you adore, you’ll find that without it, life gets a little bleak. You’ve become addicted.
And any addiction, even working out, is bad for your health.
Not physically of course, I have no doubt about your capabilities there, but as soon as you start neglecting your other priorities, it’s time to take a break.
Priorities such as familial or social gatherings, sleep and overall mental health should get just as much attention if not more.
Like I’ve always said in the past:
“It’s easy to say no to the gym,
but once in the gym, it’s just as easy to say no to everything else.”
Take a week off and ask yourself if you’re still doing it for the right reasons.
Your answer might surprise you.
Are You Even Excited?
If you’ve been training for a while now, working out will excite you.
I know it doesn’t seem like it on those rainy Monday mornings when you need to haul yourself to the gym, but it’s mostly excitement that got you there.
Excitement for a getaway, excitement for a hobby you’re good at or for the majority of us, excitement in becoming someone we’ve only ever dreamed of.
But that excitement can be forgotten and when it is, it’s a good time for a break.
However, distinguishing lack of excitement from fatigue is easier said than done and that’s why I’d recommend you write down how you feel after a week off.
And if it’s anything like my week off, then writing it down won’t even be necessary.
Once you get the spring back in your step and the enthusiasm in planning out your workout, it’s a feeling you can’t forget.
It’s good to remind yourself of that feeling every now and then.
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