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16
Sep

2014

Are You Exercising too Much

Helen Bush

We all know that the best way to lose weight is through a combination of eating healthy and exercising regularly. Therefore, some of us would like to believe that the more we exercise the more weight we will lose. This is not necessarily true. There is a quite sizable line between the right amount of exercise and too much exercise. You never want to take your fitness routine to the extreme. This can have adverse effects on your health and your body. If you are not sure if you have passed over the line and are working out too much, we have collected a few signs you can look out for to see if you may have overdid it on your fitness routine.

 

  • You feel short of energy or tired

  • Workout is becoming harder to perform even though you haven't made any changes

  • Can not finish your workout

  • You experience “car wreck” soreness, achy muscles or headaches

  • Trouble achieving a nice and restful sleep

  • Lose your motivation and do not look forward to your workout

  • Your workout performance is not up to par

 

It may be normal to experience a few of these symptoms every now and then, but if you begin to notice a number of these symptoms popping up more frequently, then it is best to look back on your fitness routine and make sure that you are not pushing yourself too hard. If you are, then it is best to allow yourself some down time. Take a break for a little while and allow your body to recuperate. You should try to get plenty of sleep and eat a well-rounded diet to repair any damage you may have done to your body. After about three to five days you should be ready to slowly ease back into your fitness routine. Take your time and do not rush it. You may need to cut back on the duration and the frequency of your workout. Once you start finding your groove you can gradually increase the duration and the frequency of your workout.

Exercise is a love/hate relationship. While it is TOUGH and yes, technically “painful” at the moment, after it’s all said and done, it should make you feel energized, de-stressed and healthier. You should look forward to going to your next workout and never dread it. If you happen to feel as if your fitness routine is torture, then you need to make sure you are not overdoing it. It is easy and more common than you think to overstep the boundary between too much exercise and the right amount. So, be aware of your fitness routine and do not be afraid to change it if you think you are working out too much.

Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.