One of the ways to prevent overtraining is to…
monitor signals from your body, as well as your mood, as you train each week-and especially following races or big events.
You will want to keep an eye out for early signs of burnout, which include your resting & waking heart rate, sleep patterns, and quality of sleep.
If you notice a change in any of these areas, you might be on the path to burning out your body.
Some general signs that you will notice before or during burnout:
- General aches and pains
- Decreased performance
- Reduced training capacity
- Loss of lean body weight
- Increased injuries
- Decreased appetite
- Poor concentration
Your body is trying to give you signals in an attempt to alert you that it needs a break.
Rest should be an integral part of any exercise goals you will have.
Without rest your body cannot recover and adjust to the demanding loads which you’ve placed upon it.
Newcomers to the world of exercise sometimes try to do too much, too soon and end up ignoring their body’s signals.
These signs aren’t trying to tell you to “work through it” or “tough it out” but instead are attempting to let you know that you’re pushing your body too far and too hard.
Remember, it’s important to know your limits.
Don’t try to outperform someone else, as it’ll probably just leave you worn out and could even impede your workout progress.
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