Warning Signs That You May Be Overdoing Your Workout
We've all heard the old cliche, "no pain, no gain." But if it takes days for you to recover from your workout session at the gym, this may well be a sign that you're overdoing it and need to ease up. We all want our workout session to be productive. Whether our goal is weight loss, muscle building, cardio health or just better overall fitness, we like to feel that our exertion is worth the effort. This can sometimes lead us to overdo our workout. This post is intended to help you learn more about important warning signs from your body that warn you to slow down, and what you can do to make your fitness routine work better for you.
Listen to Your Body
- Soreness after more than 48 hours. Warning signs come in many different ways, and it's normal to have some soreness after a hard workout. However, if you're still sore and in serious pain more than 48 hours after your last workout, then it's a sign something is wrong with your exercise plan and its severity.
- This soreness shouldn't even appear if you've been doing the same workouts for months.
- Muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness are signs that you're overdoing it at the gym and may have an overuse injury. There could be micro tears in your muscles, sprains, or other issues.
- You may need to rest and get medical attention for joint pain that doesn't go away after a few days.
- For example, if you're pushing yourself too hard and getting injured, then your results could drop from being able to do 10 laps to 5 laps at the gym. Another example is if you're not able to lift the same weights that you could lift a few weeks back.
- Backsliding results shouldn't be ignored because they're a sign you're doing too much and hurting yourself.
- Exercise might not always be fun, but it shouldn't make you miserable. If you avoid or reschedule all of your workouts, consider if the main culprit is that you're overdoing it.
- You may be pushing yourself too far and want to skip the pain that comes with exercise.
- Once you start a workout, you would normally tend to cheer up because serotonin levels increase. However, if you're not any happier while you're doing the exercises, it's a clear sign that something needs to change. You may need to redo your routines or cut them down to a more reasonable amount.
Respond to the Warning Signs
- If you're overdoing it, then a trainer can help you slow down and actually get better results.
- A trainer can work with you and push you just beyond your limits without sacrificing your health. A professional trainer knows how to avoid injuries and overuse of muscles, so you don't create lasting damage.
- If you prefer not to hire a trainer, consider help from trusted sources online, such as videos from experts.
If you've been forcing your body past its limits, you need to closely examine your fitness routine and make adjustments to your workout. You may benefit from seeking professional help to make these adjustments.
Exercise can sometimes be painful, but it shouldn't damage your health, and overdoing it at the gym is dangerous. Pay attention to the warning signs from your body and take steps to avoid injury and long-term damage by resting when appropriate and by making adjustments to your routine when your body tells you it's time.
RX Fitness Equipment Is Here to Help
If you think you've experienced warning signs that you're overdoing your workout, and you'd like to discuss it with a professional, RX Fitness works with hundreds of coaches, personal trainers, and nutritionists. We'd be happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories of all kinds, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget and we're here to make your fitness routine more productive. Stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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