You've probably heard the expression "too much of a good thing." It typically applies to anything done in excess, and it can certainly apply to exercise.
While we all know how important exercise is for a healthy lifestyle, there are times when you can take it too far without giving your body proper rest. It's known as overtraining, and you need to be aware of its risks and warning signs.
What Are Some Risks of Overtraining?
When you feel a physical fatigue that lasts well beyond the activity itself, then it could be that you're overtraining. It's both physical and emotional fatigue, and it can be caused by chemical changes within your body and altered immune function brought on by training in excess.
Doing the same type of exercise on a daily basis can increase the risk for injuries to joints such as the knees and elbows, as well to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. They're injuries caused by repetitive use of the same muscles and joints, and can be some of the hardest injuries to treat when it comes to sports medicine.
Disrupted Mood and Sleep Patterns
The production of hormones that keep you vitalized begins to function poorly when your body is under too much stress. This can lead to irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and lack of motivation.
Inflammation and Lowered Immunity
When overtraining causes your hormone levels to fluctuate abnormally, as well as causing the tissue of your joints and muscle to become overly fatigued, you're at a greater risk for inflammation. This can lead to swelling and pain that lingers on far beyond what's normal. Moreover, being overly fatigued can depress the immune system by raising cortisol levels.
You Know Longer See Progress
You can reach a point where you're training too much and yet seeing no progress. This is the result of not giving your muscles the proper time to rest and recover between workouts, which can actually result in a muscle-burning phase that comes when you are re-tearing already torn muscles.
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