It’s really important to listen to your body, to rest when your body needs it and to recognize your overtraining symptoms. Here ‘s a list of some typical symptoms:
Feeling washed-out, tired, drained, lack of energy
Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains
Pain in muscles and joints
Sudden drop in performance
Decreased immunity (increased number of colds, and sore throats)
Decrease in training capacity / intensity
Moodiness and irritability
Loss of enthusiasm for the sport
Increased incidence of injuries.
A compulsive need to exercise
My typical symptoms are anxiety, difficulty sleeping, irritability, muscle cramps and illness. So today I ‘m taking a day off, and I ‘m treating myself to a relaxing lunch with my colleague ‘s who don ‘t exercise at lunch. I may even go to bed early tonight.
Taking rest days when you need them are important! If you don ‘t like resting, you can always take an Ã¢â‚¬Å“active rest Ã‚Â day. Instead of your usual exercise do a much lower intensity activity during that same time period (go for a walk, spend some time stretching on a mat at the gym etc …). By paying attention to your body you ‘ll be able prevent the physical and emotional burnout that leads to abandoning your exercise routines.
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