Laura Arndt is a Pilates instructor, she is always encouraging her clients to get more active. Taken to the extreme, though, too much exercise will have negative consequences on the mind and body. We asked some experts in fitness, nutrition, and psychology to help identify symptoms of overexercising – keep reading to find out what they said.
1. You’re Sore Every Day
Some level of soreness is expected after a hard workout, but your muscles should improve as you adjust into a new program. DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) usually occurs one to three days postexercise and will continue to get better over time. If you’re in daily pain without any relief, you might be causing more muscle damage than you intended.
2. Injuries Keep Cropping Up
Physical therapist Christine Gorsek said, “Continuing to struggle with the same injury causing tendinitis may be a sign of overexercise. Try to add some variety to your routine – such as bodyweight-only exercises, water aerobics, yoga to challenge your body in a new way – and prevent repetitive overuse that will cause you pain.” If you are a new mom, paying attention to your body and activity is especially important to keep your long-term-injury risk down.
3. Loss Of Appetite
It should be noted that exercise may lead to nausea post-workout, but if you find your appetite is not returning, it’s time to take action – especially since you need calories to fuel your workouts effectively! Don’t be afraid to cut your workout times down, take a rest day, or have a fitness professional create the best program for you.
4. Ravenous Appetite
Working out crazy amounts may contribute to consuming more calories than you burn. I tell my clients to start with 30 minutes of daily exercise and see how their appetite changes. If they are able to avoid late-night snacking, they can attempt to up the workout duration but should stay in tune with hunger changes.
High-intensity exercise triggers higher stress levels and hormonal changes in your body, most of which are positive. The real damage comes in when you don’t allow your body time to recover, throwing your body out of whack. When your hormones are all over the place, your brain struggles to tell your body it’s time to sleep. For a myriad of reasons, lack of sleep can negatively impact your health and cause you to gain weight.