6 Signs You're Overtraining and Need More Resthttp://coconutsandkettlebells.com/signs-of-overtraining/
Here's a truth bomb for you—workouts are STRESS.
Of course, this can be good stress when the body is given the resources to recover from that stress.
But, many people quickly get wrapped up in whatever physically activity they're doing, and rest get's put to the wayside.
So, why is there such a epidemic of chronic under-resting? It's most likely due to a combination of things.
First, let's put it right out there. Many people ignore the signs and symptoms of overtraining because fitness allows them to feel in control. People have goals of losing weight or getting "lean" because marketing tells us that that's where all the happiness exists (hint: it doesn't!), and taking rest seems to work in reverse to that.
Second, our culture glorifies dedication and “pushing through the pain.” As a result, taking a day off is often met with shame, guilt, and disgust, and many people perceive that their level of self-discipline is intertwined with their self-worth as a human being.
The good news is—your self-worth as a human being has nothing to do with the number of workouts you do, or you’re ability to follow prescribed workouts perfectly.
The truth is, the the amount of training that is right for your body is individual to you, and can vary based on your genetics, experience level, and life inputs, including sleep, workload, and overall stress.
That’s right—the stress you experience outside of the gym can affect how your body is able to adapt to the workouts you do. This means, if you haven’t slept in six days thanks to your new bundle of joy, or you worked 84 hours this week, doing a high-intensity workout may do more harm than good.
Some weeks, you’ll need more rest than others. And that’s perfectly OK. Fluctuations are normal, and the amount of rest you need will change from time to time.
As a result, it’s important to know the symptoms of overtraining, and always be on the lookout for ways in which your body is telling you it needs more rest. Because in the end, training doesn't make you strong—your REST does.