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Does Your Body Need A Break From Working Out? How To Tell

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your weight and overall health; however, you can still overdo it. Rather than putting further stress on your body, learn how to tell when your body needs a break and why it’s important to take time off.

Stress On The Body

create another blog post“When you exercise, you’re causing a bit of trauma to the body,” says Noam Tamir, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and owner of TS Fitness New York City. “The more you work, the more you train, the more stress you’re putting on the body. If you’re not allowing the body to recover, you’re causing yourself more harm than good.”

Consistent Soreness

If you are always sore, you are working out too hard and too much. Give your muscles 24 to 48 hours to recover before working out again.

“Overtraining can best be defined as the state where the athlete has been repeatedly stressed by training to the point where rest is no longer adequate to allow for recovery,” say researchers from Rice University.

Abnormal Heart Rate

Check your heart rate to determine if you are training too hard.

“I’ll take my resting heart rate in the morning. If I’m above my normal, then I know that my body is not really ready for a hard workout that day. That’s one of the best ways to judge your readiness to exercise,” says Tamir.

Excessive Stiffness

Take it easy if you feel increasingly stiff.

“If your body doesn’t have the proper mobility, you’re going to create dysfunction in your movement pattern,” Tamir says.

Other signs of overtraining include dark urine from dehydration and always feeling tired or moody.

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