Healthy habits are awesome, but you actually can have too much of a good thing. Fiber is good for you, but too much fiber? Um, if you’ve done it, you know what I’m talking about. Even too much sleep can make you feel like poo. And exercise is no exception. Problem is, some of the more hidden signs of overtraining are easily overlooked.
Trading evenings on the couch for marathon workouts day after day—without adequate rest—is a surefire way to burn out, hurt your performance and possibly get yourself injured. While every body is different and no certain amount of exercise is automatically ”too much,” it’s recommended that you take one to two rest days a week, especially if you’re working out at a really high intensity or with heavy weights. In general, exercising for up to 90 minutes (at a moderate intensity), most days of the week is reasonable and healthy, but you should take into account your fitness level, health status and how you feel.
You might already be aware of some of the more common signs of exercising too much, but sometimes the body sends more subtle signs of overtraining. These can sometimes be so sneaky that you may not realize your workouts are causing them at all! We’ve gathered seven of the unique and misdiagnosed signs of overtraining. While none of these is guaranteed to be caused by spending too much time at the gym (always talk to your doctor), it’s possible that if you’ve been putting in lots of hours at the gym lately, your heavier workouts could be causing these less-than-healthy results.