Overtraining is a term that a lot of people may not be familiar with. Basically, overtraining occurs when you don’t listen to your body or when your body has ultimately hit a plateau. I know about overtraining first-hand because I’ve been sick for 2 long weeks. I initially had a cold but because I have Asthma it turned into a chest cold, commonly known as Bronchitis. I also ended up with a sinus infection. These had to be the worst 2 weeks of my entire year. I literally just wanted to lay in bed and do nothing. I knew eventually my body would make me stop and sit down, and that’s what it did.
Here are the signs and symptoms of overtraining:
- Not enough sleep
- Not being able to relax, no free time
- Always in a rush
- Upset stomach
- Not satisfied with things in your life
- Decreased performance while working out (bored with workouts)
- Drained, lack of energy
- Pain in joints
I admit, I did overtrain for my last competition. It wasn’t intentional but it happened. The signs that I experienced were:
- Not enough sleep
- Stressed out (too much on my plate)
- Weight didn’t stay down like it should have
- Retained water
- Bored with workouts
- Emotional breakdowns
My body was just done and after my last show in October, I said I would take a break but I couldn’t even refrain from working out for two weeks. Being a part of the health and fitness industry, I realize I too have to take heed to my own advice and listen when my body says it needs a break.
You should do the same.
If you feel that your workouts are suffering then, 9 times out of 10, your workouts are suffering. Take a break! When you can’t perform at 100% and your form is lacking, but you continue to train and sacrifice because you feel the need to get the results you want RIGHT NOW; your body is suffering and may give out on you.
- Allow a day or two of rest between workouts
- Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night
- Switch up your routine after 2-3 weeks
- Take some time out for yourself and do something that you enjoy
- Try a group exercise class once a week (I know I do)