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The quote “Less is More” is right on point. Many clients who take me on as their trainer, have had worked out, or is actively working out on their own. One of the first things I often hear is that no matter how hard they workout, it has become difficult for them to reach their fitness goals. 

When we go through their workout routines, we usually discover that they are pushing themselves past the point of exhaustion. They are doing spinning classes, resistance training, and cardio, not just once or twice, but every day of the week! 

To them, the more you workout, the better the results. I often have to tell clients that they are working out way too much and not taking enough rest days. 

Passing on rest days can lead to overtraining, which could cause reduced athletic performance, lifting plateaus, weakness, fatigue, and injury. 

Signs of Overtraining 

In most gyms, even where I train (Kinetix Fitness Center), there is a hardcore goal-oriented atmosphere. The minute you step through the doors the sound of pounding weights drown out the blaring music, and a mix of blood and sweat coat the gym floors.

Usually, in this type of atmosphere, people ignore signs of overtraining. The problem is pain, fatigue, and injury are typically the last warning signs before you burnout. 

Signs and symptoms of overtraining occur when the body isn’t able to recover sufficiently before your next workout. Once overtraining has been reached, you will see you aren’t able to workout as hard. Worst of all, if you keep upping the intensity without proper rest and recovery, your risk of injury increases dramatically.  

Common Injuries From Overtraining

Common injuries from overtraining are stress fractures (small cracks in the bone, most commonly the foot), tendinitis (inflammation or irritation of a tendon), and bursitis (painful swelling of a small, fluid-filled sac called a bursa). 

Occasionally, overtraining can cause a lack of motivation and enthusiasm for whatever physical activity you are in. 

Below are a few tips to help you avoid overtraining.

Take A Rest Day

You don’t have to workout everyday. Make a routine with heavy days, light days, cardio days, and rest days. Rest is very important to grow, develop, and recover. 

Stretch Before and After Workouts

When it comes to working out, stretching is imperative. Create a stretching routine which includes static stretching, active stretching, and foam rolling. 

A great stretching routine will allow you to manipulate your body’s soft tissue. This can aid in recovery by improving blood flow and reducing myofascial restrictions. 

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

Make sure that you aid your body after physical exertion with essential sleep. Sleeping helps your body with recovery and prepares you to function at your best. Giving your body rest will help the body recover after your working out. 

Stay Hydrated  

Water is very essential for all body functions. Dehydration will have negative effects on your training regimen. Make sure to keep your water intake up when working out. Dehydrated tissue is less flexible and more prone to injury. 

Listen To Your Body

Most importantly, whenever you’re working out hard, you have to listen to your body. If you feel like you may be working too hard, give yourself a rest. You want to make sure that you don’t get burned out. You also don’t want to be more prone to injury. So take care of yourself and don’t overtrain. 

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