• Excessive Exercise

    Excessive Exercise

    We all know the importance of exercise and all of its many benefits. We believe in the power of exercise so much that most of us make sure to workout daily. What most people don’t realize is that risks of excessive exercise are just as high as NOT working out at all. More is not always better!

    When you overtrain you are placing your body under so much stress that it does not have the time or the energy to recover properly. This leads to reduced energy levels, high risk of injury, illness, loss of endurance, decreased strength and power, increased inflammation, interference with your libido and menstrual cycles. I don’t know about you but none of those things sound good to me.

    You will be able to tell if you are overtraining if you are always sore or fatigued, if you are constantly getting sick or have long bouts of illness, have insomnia, disrupted sleep, feeling depressed or irritable. Signs of overtraining will present themselves differently for every person, but these are the main signs to look for.

    It is easy to feel like you are not doing enough to reach your goals. This makes us want to work harder and do more. When those thoughts occur try to remember that less is more and it is just as effective, if not more, to take a rest day! Check out my post about the importance of "Rest and Recovery Days" and "The Importance of Sleep."

    Depending on your goals you should try to incorporate 1-2 full rest days a week with 1-2 active recovery days each week.
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