Overtraining is not necessarily a word in most people’s dictionary. Much less, having to deal with the symptoms of overtraining that only a few people can say they’ve had to deal with.
Let’s face it: not all of us enjoy exercising at all, much less regularly. Giving us a one in a million chance to ever suffer from the effects of overtraining. But there are people who do have to cope with these effects, and most of them are either athletes of some sort or are, shall we say: hypochondriacs.
And so for the rest of us who have no idea what this means or what its effects feel like, let’s look at overtraining as a whole…
What You Need to Know About Overtraining
Most smart athletes know how to pace themselves, and which is why they never have to deal with symptoms of overtraining . There are others, of course, who don’t, thanks to their impatience and end up having to stay away from their obsession – the gym – for a few months, if they’re not careful.
Yet there’s always the threat of succumbing to symptoms of overtraining considering how long it actually takes for one to get into shape, and if you’re a bodybuilder, don’t be surprised if a lot of hard work and discipline might be required for years and years.
But first: so what is overtraining then?
Simply put, it is a workout during which you push yourself beyond what you can do physically, thanks to being in a tearing hurry to get to that level of fitness that they’ve considered a long term. It could also stem from being too competitive with their friends or for that matter, with their peers if their profession being competitive fitness-wise.
A simple analogy to describe this wasted effort is trying to run before you can walk…
Rushing through these workouts can be another reason why you overtrain as well, and which might be because you’re trying to do too much in a shorter period of time.
But worst of all, is when people who have worked out and don’t rest but get back into the gym again with sore muscles and then have to deal with the symptoms of overtraining in the process. Speaking of which, let’s cover the symptoms of overtraining in the next section…
Symptoms of Overtraining – A List
These symptoms that will be discussed are not only physical in nature but extend to the mental realm as well. So, here is a list of symptoms of overtraining that occur if one does a bit too much…
1. Elevated resting pulse / heartrate
2. Minor infections crop up now and again
3. Increased susceptibility to colds and flus
4. Increase in minor injuries
5. Chronic muscle soreness or joint pain
8. Weight loss
9. Appetite loss
10. Insatiable thirst or dehydration
11. Intolerance to exercise
12. Decreased performance
13. Delayed recovery from exercise
1. Feels tired, drained, lack of energy
2. Reduced ability to concentrate
3. Apathy or no motivation
9. Inability to relax
10. Twitchy, fidgety or jittery
So, are there are any other symptoms of overtraining that you might want to add to this list? If so, feel free to add them in the comments section below.