Daily workouts are a great habit to get into! If you’re one of those rare people who doesn’t let excuses get in the way of your workouts, then good for you! However, while the majority of people struggle to motivate themselves to workout at all, some people actually do the opposite. They become obsessive about exercise. They over-train. They experience anxiety about skipping a day to recover. Has anyone ever told you you’re overdoing it? How do you know if you’re overdoing it, or if you’re doing it right?
Well, it’s actually pretty common for avid exercisers to have friends and family members make comments about the frequency with which they exercise. Sometimes, your dedication to fitness actually triggers something that makes them feel bad or guilty they aren’t working out more.
Signs you Could be Over-Training
On the other hand, many people do become addicted to exercise. If you feel any type of anger or anxiety when something prevents you from getting your workout in, you might be overdoing it. Do you have a strong emotional reaction when you can’t work out? Do you skip out on important family or social obligations or go to extremes to avoid situations that might interfere with your exercise? If so, you may need to take a step back and listen to your body. Your body will tell you when you’re over-training. Some signs include: restlessness, sleep disturbance, chronic fatigue, and even pain in your muscles and joints.
Now, I completely understand that your workouts make you feel good! I know I’m a much nicer person when I workout! After all, exercise gives you mood-boosting endorphins! But, it’s also important for your body to rest. When you rest, you allow your muscles to heal and build up even stronger, and you get better results. So if you really need to get some activity in to feel good even on your rest days, do something light like going for a walk to get your blood flowing and get some fresh air. You can watch this short rant on the difference between training vs movement here.
Overall, the most important thing to remember is to listen to your body. Pay attention to the way you feel and watch for emotional triggers related to your workouts. As with anything, it’s important to strike a healthy balance. So when it comes to overdoing it or doing it right, the best thing you can do is listen to your body and take good care of it!