There is such a thing as exercising too much. While many people can’t bring themselves to work out, others can’t stop! Overtraining syndrome happens when people work out excessively, to the point that workouts leave them tired instead of energized. Other names for overtraining syndrome include burnout and shutdown mode.
Improper nutrition, a monotonous routine or simply the lack of a rest week can all result in injury or overtraining syndrome. It can manifest itself in the form of fatigue, negativity, consistently poor performance, sleep issues, a decrease in appetite, a weakened immune system or even in shifts away from a normal heart rate during regular workouts.
Overtraining is not muscle soreness from a harder routine, nor is it a temporary swing in your strength or fitness level. It’s similar to a shutdown of your body, and it occurs if you don’t take proper care of yourself.
The resolution is to take it easy and vary up your routine. Try new types of workouts, incorporate cross training and include rest weeks regularly. If the problem is nutrition-based, then you’ve probably been eating too many sugary or processed foods, which need to be minimized from the diet for anyone who wants to maintain high performance levels consistently.
An excessive training regimen is hardly at the forefront of most Americans’ problems, but balancing exercise with appropriate rest and nutrition is key to staying active consistently. When you stop taking care of yourself you boost your chances of injury and you risk overtraining syndrome, which will only weaken you until it’s addressed. It does not give anybody an excuse to be a couch potato either, but it does mean that it’s great to take it easy every few days with some cardio or a nice walk, explore new types of exercise routines, and live a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle.