We’ve all been there – get fired up, start going to the gym 6 times a week, adding walks, strict meal plan. And then after a while, our body starts to feel lethargic and we just can’t anymore.
Here are the signs you’re overdoing it with your workouts:
Your heart still feels high long after your workouts
Muscle soreness lasting more than 3 days
Depressed, moody or irritable
Can’t sleep even though you’re working out hard
Changes in personality – your typical traits are intensified
Getting sick due to decreased immune function or lack of sleep
Can’t concentrate on tasks
Plateaued in size, strength or weight. Or you’re putting on weight
You can’t finish a workout
Aches and pains in your joints and muscles
Feeling fatigued and sluggish
Just not loving it – it’s impacting on other areas of your life negatively
What to do about it:
Have a look at your current training, is there any type of workout you dread?
Are you doing too many weights sessions in a row?
Is it too much cardio?
Not enough downtime?
If you love your current workout plan but just need a rest, I recommend having a couple of days off. Or doing a “deload week”. This means doing less sessions, less intense sessions, or shorter sessions. Or a mixture of the three! Just for one week. This means still doing resistance sessions but lowering your weights; you may also alter your reps and sets if you like. Outside your workouts, focus on rest and recovery, and doing things you enjoy.
If you’re not loving the workout plan, adjust it and include more of the workouts you enjoy. Or you could give yourself another rest day. You could switch out a gym session for a team sport or play outside with the kids. Or if the weather is changing, it might be a good opportunity to bring it inside or go outside more.
Pay attention to your body, she’s trying to tell you something. Working out should have a positive effect on you, your body, your mood, your life. As soon as it crosses the line into obsession or impacting you negatively, it’s time to reassess. You can and will be more successful if you actually enjoy and can maintain what you’re doing.