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How to know if you are Overtraining

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Summary:
When you exercise with fairly high intensity, and you exercise that way
often, there will come a time at some point when your body will begin to
slowly start to shut down. If after exercise you tend to feel more wore
out than worked out, you may already be a victim of overtraining.


Keywords:
exercise, overtraining, overtrain


Article Body:
As everyone knows, exercise is good for you. It helps to keep your weight
down, helps to keep you toned up, and helps to make you feel good. So
then, if getting a little exercise is good for you, then it must be
better to get even more and if getting more indeed is better, then it
stands to reason that getting a lot would be even bette r. Sounds logical,
doesn’t it? However, this is not always the case.

When you exercise with fairly high intensity, and you exercise that way
often, there will come a time at some point when your body will begin to
slowly start to shut down. People will get to this point at different
times, depending on their fitness levels and exercise intensity and
frequency. If after exercise you tend to feel more wore out than worked
out, you may already be a victim of overtraining.

There are some signs that your body will give you both physically and
mentally that will let you know that you are overtraining. It is wise to
recognize these signs and act accordingly, before the problem gets to the
point of causing you possible serious injury. Some of the major signs to
be aware of are:

•    Decreased performance
•    Lack of motivation
•    Poor coordination
•    Loss of appetite
•    Chronic muscle soreness
•    Chronic stiffness at the joints
•    Chronic headaches
•    Longer recovery times
•    Loss of concentration
•    Reduced self esteem
•    Depression

You need to understand that whatever your exercise goals are, your body
needs ample time to recover and adjust to the demanding loads you placed
on it. Sometimes people who are newcomers to the world of exercise will
try to do too much too soon, and may ignore their body when it’s trying
to tell them to take a break.

 In the case of some who have been into exercise for a while, they will
often view these signs as an obstacle and feel the best way to deal with
it is to “work through it” or “tough it out”. For some others, the
problems causing them to overtrain may be more psychological. Excessive
exercise is now recognized as a legitimate problem, much like anorexia
nervosa or bulimia.

For most, the solution to the problem is simply to exercise in moderation
or cut back on the intensity from time to time. Use periodization in your
routines. When you feel the signs of overtraining coming on, reduce the
intensity of your workouts for a while. When you are ready to increase
the intensity again (your body will let you know), then gradually start
to pick it up again.

Know your limitations, and never try to compare yourself to anyone else
as this is asking for problems. There are some times when you should even
just take a whole week completely off and do no exercise at all. This is
like taking a vacation from work, it gives you body and your mind a
chance to relax and rejuvenate so you can start again a week later nice
and fresh.

Remember, if you exercise to the point of overtraining it is almost as
bad as not exercising at all. Overtraining will only impede your
progress, not help it and in the long run, if you let yourself overtrain,
you may be headed for some very unwanted side effects.

				
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