Whenever you start a new endeavor, you’re excited and you want to participate in it every waking hour. Whether we’re talking about a new activity, career or relationship, it is human nature to want to dive right into the deep end and immerse yourself in it.
When you start a new exercise program, your enthusiasm and excitement can ultimately sabotage your plans. By overtraining, you can set yourself back physically and mentally.
Pain Hurts More Than Your Body
One way to tell if you are exercising too much is if you’re experiencing chronic pain. If you are still sore days after a workout, this could be a sign that you are overtraining. If you are having a hard time sleeping or your sleep patterns have become erratic, this could be a sign of overtraining.
Exercising too much can also lead to serious injury as your muscles and ligaments are not as strong as they used to be. Overtraining may also weaken your immune system and leave you more susceptible to cold and flu.
These physical ailments can also have a negative effect on your mind. If you continually get injured or are always, tired you will start to associate exercising with negative feelings. If this happens long enough, pretty soon just the thought of exercising will put you in a negative state.
Get On The Right Track
The easiest way to avoid overtraining is to give your body ample time to recover. Give yourself one full day in between workouts. This will not only help you physically, but it will also help you mentally. By taking this break, you mind will have time to desire the feelings you get from working out. You will actually want to workout.
You should also make it easy for yourself to succeed. When you first start a workout routine, make it easy to complete. Maybe run one mile instead of trying for five. If you are lifting weights, only do one set instead of three. By making it easy for you to complete your early workouts, you will get a sense of accomplishment and will be more likely to stick to your plan. You can always increase the intensity of subsequent workouts if your current ones are too easy.
If you are concerned you are overtraining, it may be beneficial for you to consult a professional and review your routine. The Downtown Athletic Club is staffed with certified personal trainers who can answer all your fitness questions.