Updated: Nov 3
Exercise may have numerous benefits to the body when done correctly. People use different training techniques when seeking to achieve a specific objective. However, in some cases, workouts tend to be overdone, or underdone. If you’re guilty of this, your progress may be hampered and you may fail to achieve your fitness goals.
There are instances where people conduct excessive exercise sessions. Overtraining sessions may involve either working out intensively for too long or combining two different heavy pieces of training without rest. The obsession with achieving results may overwrite your fitness schedule, and this could negatively impact your body.
Even as you train, you need to develop a habit of ‘listening’ to your body. There are occasions when you might just push your body to limits that might be dangerous. To help avoid such cases, you need to be aware of your body’s response to a particular workout intensity and training schedule.
Be conscious of how your body responds in different ways, including:
1.Decline In Performance
Once your body feels the exercise wears it out, your performance may gradually reduce. The central nervous system (CNS) fatigue may cause this decline. Your mind might overpower your body’s will to exercise. Regular fitness sessions will seem like a heavy task. Once you start experiencing CNS fatigue, you should reduce the impact of your training to allow your muscles to relax and heal from strain.
2. Muscle Strain And Pain
When conducting an intensive workout, you may be inclined to do it to limits that are uncomfortable to your body. You may start experiencing pain as your muscles try to keep up with the strain. In such cases, this may be a warning from your body that you need to stop overworking your muscles and switch to low-intensity interval training. Stressing your body too much may cause torn muscles and other related injuries.
Even though some people exercise to cut down their body weight, overtraining could lead to drastic weight loss. When you excessively work out and don’t match it up with enough food to restore the energy used, your body may use its reserves, causing weight loss.
Hormonal imbalance may also occur due to a series of intense workout sessions and may lead to loss of appetite. Losing appetite means you’ll mostly refuse to replace the food and energy used during exercise, and thus experience weight loss.
It may be common to get tired after or during training as energy is used up. However, compulsive exercises may lead to excessive fatigue. This occurs when you can’t move some parts of your body as usual and normal. When such a thing happens, you should cut down on your training exercises or intensity to allow your body to rest and regain enough energy so your muscles can heal from the stress brought about by the intense workout.
5.Shortness of Breath
During an intense exercise, you may experience difficulty breathing. In such scenarios, you should stop the exercise and take some rest. Circulation of oxygen to the brain is essential, and shortness of breath may lead to passing out. This may be caused by your body’s energy reserves being all used up during excessive workouts.
6.Lack of Motivation
When your mind and body feel exhausted during workouts, you may lack the motivation to carry on. Having a perception of not working out enough or not achieving the right results could push you to limits your body can no longer take. However, the body might have an adverse reaction to fatigue, and you won’t have the enthusiasm to continue. When this happens, you may need to rest, allow your body to reset, and get back to the right shape before trying again.
7.Recurring Muscle Injury
There might be times when you’ll suffer an injury during an exercise session. After some time, when you feel you’re good to go, the injury might keep recurring. This could be because you’re straining your muscle so much and not letting it heal enough and properly. It’s crucial to take a step back and train lightly or seek medical advice concerning your training in such cases.
Ways to Prevent Excessive Exercise
A way of cutting down on excessive exercise and avoiding its adverse effects is by controlling your training. Having the right program may help you have better well-being.
There are several ways in which you can reduce and control your exercise:
Design a Training Schedule
Having a schedule will help you be disciplined and committed to your workouts. You may seek a professional’s services to help you design a schedule that’ll work best for your body without stressing your muscles too much. Your schedule should have days off to allow your body to relax, heal, and regain energy.
Seek Medical Services
It’s good to seek medical services and advice not only in case of pain and injuries but also when trying to control your exercise routine. Professional examination of your body by a physiotherapist may help prevent you from going overboard with your training. They may guide you on what types of training to take and when to do it.
Mix Up Your Training
Mixing up your training to include different practices can help prevent an excess of a specific exercise. While lifting weights may help build up your muscles, yoga, and aerobics may help stretch and relax them. This may help you take breaks and relax your muscles without cutting down on your workouts.
Find Other Hobbies
Some people tend to become addicted to training and results and may always choose to train during their free time. This can lead to burnout. It could therefore be vital for you to develop other pastimes and hobbies. This may distract you from spending all your free time in your training areas. It’ll also ensure that you stick to your fitness routine.
Take a Break and Rest
After exercising, it’s essential to take enough rest. This will help your body regain energy, and your muscles will also relax from the stress. If there are injuries, you may take long breaks from exercise until you’re safe to go back. It’ll also help you focus on other things.
In case of mental exhaustion and lack of motivation, you may change your training routine and find other ideas that might be fun and still give you the required outcome.
Monitor Your Exercise
Whenever you exercise, you need to have your body in mind. Workouts are meant to be beneficial to the body and not a cause of harm. Overtraining may be detrimental to your fitness and health. It’s therefore important to monitor your body and watch its response to every exercise you take. This may help you achieve better results, too!