We all know that regular exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle.
But when it comes to working out, can you have too much of a good thing? Definitely!
Your body needs time to rest and nutrition between exercise sessions to repair itself and regenerate.
When you push your body too hard and for too long – you are not giving your body a chance to recover.
I used to have a friend who would go to the gym 2 times a day and on the weekends would run 10-15 miles and after that would ride his bike for another 15 miles.
He was in a good shape, but his body definitely suffered from overtraining.
In the morning his knees were very sore, and ankles were swollen, but he would not give his body even one day of a break to recover.
Over training can occur in any type of activity, from running to biking or weight lifting.
Here are the typical symptoms of overtraining:
1. Muscle and joint soreness and stiffness
2. Decreased appetite and weight loss
3. Increased stress
5. Sleep disorders
6. Increased illness
7. Moodiness and irritability
8. Fatigue that continues even when you rest
9. Decreased coordination and reaction times
All these factors can result in your loss of interest in exercise.
Just remember: any type of exercise should make you feel better – not worse.
If you exercise on a regular basis, but experience the above mentioned signs, you might be pushing yourself too hard.
Just give yourself a little break.
After all, it’s all about staying healthy, right?
What is your best workout routine? How many times a week you think one should exercise?
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