More isn’t always better. When it comes to working out, overtraining is just about the worst thing that you could do for your long term fitness goals. You might think that you’re doing well, but when you go out on a limb and you end up hurting yourself and setting back your training by weeks or months, at least. Habitually overtraining certain muscles could even lead to doing permanent damage to certain joints and so forth. Of course, the first signs of overtraining are simply pain and fatigue. Read more to find out what you can expect so that you can tell that things are going to be so that you can back off before you actually hurt yourself.
You’re Always Sore
One thing that you need to have is an awareness of what normal fatigue feels like. It’s normal for your muscles to be sore after an intense workout. Delayed onset muscle soreness can last several days and should be noticeable, but not anything that’s going to get in the way of your daily life. The time when you need to be worried is when your muscles never seem to get better; if you’re still sore a week after your workout, there’s a good chance that you’re pushing yourself too hard. If the pain is so intense that you find yourself avoiding day to day activities out of fear of the pain, you’ve been pushing yourself too hard. Sometimes it’s easy to try to keep going because you want results fast, but fitness isn’t always a race. You need to take time to let your body adjust slowly.
Your Sleep Schedule Is Thrown Off
Your workouts shouldn’t leave you so exhausted that you simply can’t stay awake? That might seem like a great thing (early to bed and early to rise), but you shouldn’t be wearing yourself out that much. Any workout that leaves you so drained that you basically just have to sleep all the next day is one that’s pushing you beyond the limits of what you can hold. You should skip it, because that’s definitely not going to be something that’s going to improve the quality of your life. You should be aiming for things that will only make your life better, and if you’re never alert enough to enjoy it you’re going to be trapped forever.
You Can’t Remember the Last Fun Thing You Ate
The point of getting fit isn’t to be a miser who only eats carrot sticks and eats a hardboiled egg once a year, as a treat. You want to be fit and you want to be healthy, but you want to also have a good time, within reason. There should never come a time when you don’t remember the last time you treated yourself. This doesn’t have to be a binge; what this really should be is just a treat. Having a slice of cake at someone’s birthday party, for example, is something that you should still allow yourself. Just try not to make it five slices for no reason.
You Aren’t Bulking Symmetrically
If you can obviously tell where you’ve been hitting the gym the hardest, it’s time for you to spread things out and work hard to make sure that all your muscles are getting some attention. You don’t want to be that guy with skinny chicken legs on a ripped torso.
You See Your Gym Buddies More than Your Family
Last and least, you shouldn’t be more comfortable hanging out at the gym than hanging out with your family. That’s a surefire sign that something serious is going wrong. Working out is great, but it’s to let you lead your life more fully. Don’t let yourself get so wrapped up with working out that you forget the reason that you’re even trying to do this. This is why you need to keep balance in your life.