We all know I’ve had my fair share of issues in the past with “overdoing it” when it comes to exercise. And if you didn’t know, then you can read all about it HERE.
This is something I do not want to have to go through again, so I’ve been doing a little research to make sure that I don’t get myself into the trap of overdoing it. Exercise is a great thing and is crucial in leading a healthy lifestyle. However, exercising too much can be just as harmful as not exercising at all.
So how do you know when you’re overdoing it?
Here are some red flags to look for:
- You’re always exhausted and fatigued.
- Your workouts leave you feeling worn out rather than energized.
- You have an irregular menstrual cycle or have lost it completely.
- You experience insomnia on a regular basis.
- Your performance declines.
- You are getting injured more often.
- You get sick easier.
All of these things, whether by themselves or together, are signs that you could possibly be over exercising. If your body is showing signs of any of the above symptoms, I would encourage you to reevaluate your fitness routine.
Realistically, you should be giving yourself at least 1-2 rest days per week and keeping your workouts at no longer than 90 minutes on a regular basis. I personally like to take two, sometimes three, rest days per week, and my workouts are rarely ever longer than an hour. I realize everyone is different, but it seems to work well for me and my body.
Have you ever experienced a time when you over exercised? How many rest days do you take per week? How long are your workouts?