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Am I Exercising Too Much?

Signs You're Exercising More Than You Should

If you're trying to lose weight, you might be exercising more than the recommended 30 to 50 minutes, five times a week. But there is such a thing as too much exercise, and here are some signs you're overdoing it.

  • You're constantly suffering from sore muscles: If you exercise intensely every day and don't give your body enough time to recover, you're not incorporating enough rest days into your routine. If your muscles don't have time to repair themselves, they can't get stronger.
  • You can't shake that pulled hamstring or knee pain: No pain, no gain? No way! Pains are not something you need to push through, so if you're suffering from any discomfort, get it checked out instead of hitting the gym. A physical therapist will create a workout program while you heal.
  • Your resting heart rate is high: If your normal resting heart rate went from 65 to 80, it's a sign that you're putting excessive stress on your body. Here's how to find your resting heart rate.
  • You're always tired: Working out is supposed to give you energy and help you sleep better. So if you're getting enough zzz's at night but are yawning all day with mental and physical exhaustion, too much exercise might be the culprit.
  • Lots and lots of headaches: Headaches are a major symptom of dehydration, so if you suffer from headaches often, you may be exercising too much or too intensely.
  • You have a cold, again: When you push your body and don't give it enough time to rest, it affects your immune system, making you more susceptible to getting sick.
  • You've lost interest in working out: Everyone has their burnout moments, whether you're sick of the same yoga class or usual running route, but if the whole idea of sweating it out has lost all appeal, you're not giving yourself enough downtime.
  • When you exercise, you can't work out as hard or as long: Decreased performance is a major sign of exercise overload.
  • You're happy, no you're sad: Excessive exercise also causes mood changes, so if you're normally an even-keeled kind of person and suddenly entered an emotional roller-coaster ride, you might want to tone it down in the workout department.
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