When you’re focused on a competition goal it can be tempting to go as hard as possible for as long as possible. You may feel like the best way to push your body to its maximum performance is to keep pushing. However, your body requires a delicate balance of workouts and rest/recovery periods to achieve optimal results. Below are a few common signs of overtraining and how to avoid it.
If you are starting to experience new aches and pains in your joints and muscles, this could be a strong sign of overtraining – whether it is working hard consistently for too long without a rest day, or just overextending yourself while you’re at the gym. If your shoulders, wrists, knees, hips, etc. are starting to give you problems, consider taking a few days off from strenuous training to let your body recover. Pushing yourself when your joints are in pain could cause a more serious injury.
If you are experiencing so much fatigue that you are noticing you are no longer able to complete your normal workouts, this could be a sign that you are overtraining. Your body requires proper rest days to allow your muscles to recuperate. If you are hitting the gym hard every day, your body will stop bouncing back and you will find your performance declining. This is also particularly troublesome as a fatigued workout has a higher likelihood of leading to injury.
While you may be hitting the gym every day and watching what you eat, you are not achieving your desired results when you look in the mirror. Why is this happening? One issue could be overtraining. Overtraining can actually lead to increased water retention, which can leave you feeling bloated – not exactly a motivator, to say the least. Maintain a balanced workout schedule to ensure your body’s hormones and metabolism are in a healthy place at all times to avoid issues like water retention from undercutting your desired results.
Sometimes pain and cramping muscles while exercising can be attributed to unsupportive footwear. Check with a local shoe store that specializes in orthotics and supportive footwear to identify what kind of shoes you require for your body and your type of workouts.