Go ahead and pat yourself on the back if you have consistently been hitting the gym and working out! That being said, there is such a thing as too much exercise and if you aren’t giving your body the rest it needs it will start to breakdown.
Read below to learn the top signs and symptoms that you need a break from your workout:
You’re not sleeping well
If your body is under a ton of stress from grueling daily workouts, you can bet your sleep is going to suffer. If you’re suddenly not sleeping well, this could be a sign that you need a break from your workout.
You’re always sore
Feeling a little sore for a day or two after a tough workout is normal, but if it’s been several days or weeks and you are still feeling sore, this is a clear sign that you need to let your muscles rest and recover. Remember that muscles get stronger AFTER a workout and need adequate time to recover to become stronger.
You feel low energy
Too much physical stress on the body can make you feel lethargic. If you are feeling low energy throughout the day and you’ve been consistently hitting the gym, this could mean you need to give your body a break.
You’re not enjoying your workouts
You definitely don’t want to associate a workout with dread! If you start to dread a workout that you once enjoyed, this is a sign you need to take a break.
You’re workout makes you feel more tired
A workout is supposed to give you energy, not make you tired. If you are finding that you feel even more exhausted after your workout is over, this is an indicator that your body has not been able to recover properly from previous workouts.
You’re resting heart rate is elevated
An elevation in resting heart rate indicates your body is under stress. When your body is under stress this causes the fight or flight response which causes your body to release hormones that will speed up your heart rate to pump more oxygen to your organs and brain.
The best time to check your resting heart rate is first thing in the morning when you wake up, before jumping out of bed. Another option is to use a fitness monitor that will tell you your lowest heart rate for the day.
You’re having a hard time getting through your normal workout
If you’re barely making it through a workout that you can normally do with no problem, this is a sign that your body needs a break to rest and recover.
You’ve stopped making progress
Whether it be that you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle, if you’ve noticed that your results have leveled off despite consistently working out, this could mean you need to take a break from your workout. Remember, the magic happens when you are not in the gym – aka when you are resting.
If you’ve been experiencing one or more of the above, think back about the last time you took a break from working out. If it’s been a while or you can’t remember, then it is a very good idea to take a day or two off from heavy exercise – your body will thank you! Read here to learn how to make the most of a rest day.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.
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