Knowing When To Rest

Is it possible you’re over-doing it? Sometimes the balancing act of work, personal stress, and physical fitness can create the perfect storm. Identifying symptoms of overtraining is an important part maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. See the physical and emotional symptoms below, and if you can relate to 2 or more symptoms it’s important you REST. 


Physical signs of overtraining: 

    •    Decreased performance

    •    Loss of coordination

    •    Prolonged recovery

    •    Elevated morning heart rate

    •    Elevated resting blood pressure

    •    Headaches

    •    Loss of appetite

    •    Muscle soreness/tenderness

    •    Gastrointestinal disturbances

    •    Decreased ability to ward off infection

    •    Increased incidence of musculoskeletal injuries

    •    Disturbed sleep patterns


Emotional signs of overtraining:

    •    Depression

    •    Apathy

    •    Difficulty concentrating

    •    Emotional sensitivity

    •    Reduced self-esteem


It can be hard to take a step back from training, especially if you’ve improved significantly or found a good routine. However, in the long run, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by taking 2-5 days completely off of physical activity to let your body heal and decrease your stress levels.