Contrary to popular belief, there is a limit on how much you should be working out each day. There are lots of different reasons for this, such as allowing your muscles time to actually repair instead of stressing them out every day. Understandably, a lot of people tend to overwork themselves because they want to see faster results, larger muscles or they might even use working out as an escape from stressful situations in their life.

Unfortunately, too much exercise can harm your body. While pushing your body is necessary to get stronger, there’s an important rest period that will help your muscles heal. You also need to give your body a rest, especially when you feel like you can’t perform at the same level as you’re used to. So in this post, we’re going to give you some of the most common signs that you’re overworking yourself.

Are you losing your motivation?

Forcing yourself to workout leads to a lack of motivation but it can also cause injuries if you’re not careful. This is because someone who isn’t putting in the right amount of effort tends to be lazy with their overall form during their workouts. This means they could stress the wrong muscles, ultimately leading to injuries and discomfort when working out.

Are you having trouble sleeping?

A lot of people find that they start having trouble sleeping or resting when they work out too much. This might be attributed to their high metabolism or even because they’re eating at strange times or working out too close to their bedtime. We highly suggest that you cut out some workouts from your day if you have trouble sleeping.

Are you irritated that you can’t improve?

Being unable to improve yourself usually means that you’re not giving your body enough time to rest. When we work our muscles, they need time to heal with the help of a good diet. Don’t neglect the importance of your macronutrients when it comes to healing your body and giving yourself time to rest.

Are you injuring yourself more often?

If you find that you’re injuring yourself more often during your training sessions then we urge you to stop immediately and give yourself some time to rest. This is especially important if you’re involved in contact sports for exercise or if you strain your muscles with potentially dangerous equipment without a training partner. For example, you could start experiencing traumatic brain injury symptoms during a sparring session with a friend if you overwork yourself and take too many blows to your head. Even with protective gear, nothing will protect you from constant trauma and concussions because your body needs time to heal.

Are your muscles constantly sore?

Lastly, one of the most obvious signs that you’re working out too much is when your muscles are constantly sore. We’ve mentioned this already but it’s absolutely crucial that you give your muscles some time to rest so that they can heal and come back stronger–that’s the foundation of building up your strength. 

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Andrea Wilson is a 25-year-old writer and artist who enjoys tea, reading and working out. You can find her in front of a book or at the gym.

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