6 Signs You’re Working Out Too Much

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There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Even exercise! Fact is, working out endlessly, day after day, can leave you tired and depleted. And your results can even start to suffer.

 

If you pretty much live in activewear and are experiencing any of the following, it could be a not so subtle sign you need to slow down. And step away from that treadmill.

1. Your muscles seem to be…shrinking

Too much exercise, especially constant cardio without any strength training, can cause you to lose muscle mass.

Endless cardio can make you shed precious muscle mass. (credit: @nikewomen)

Too much exercise, especially constant cardio without any strength training, can cause you to lose muscle mass. Yes, you might be lighter on the scales, but you’ll also be less toned. And you want to maintain muscle to keep that metabolism firing, too! The moral of the story? You need to allow the body adequate time to repair itself after each sweat sesh.

2. You have zero energy

If you’re feeling constantly zapped despite eating well and doing exercise, you need to be a bit easier on yourself.

Exercise should pep you up, not drain your batteries. (credit: @victoriasport)

As well as looking taut and terrific, one of the most beloved benefits of regular exercise is the way it boosts energy levels. Exercise in the morning (with a cup of SkinnyMint Morning Boost) should leave you full of energy till dinner time! So if you’re feeling constantly zapped despite eating well and doing (a lot of) exercise, it could be a warning sign that you need to be a bit easier on yourself.

3. Your sleep is suffering

Super-intense exercise raises the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to insomnia.

If you’re struggling to drift off, you might be overexercising. (credit: @skinnymintcom)

Many of us will fall into a peaceful slumber more easily after an evening workout. But if your PM workouts are extra strenuous, research out of Germany has shown the opposite is likely to occur. Super-intense exercise raises the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to insomnia. So toss the 9pm training session if it leaves you tossing and turning.

4. You’re sore for days

You need to allow the micro-tears in your muscles to mend with regular rest days.

If you’re still aching from yesterday’s weights session, skip the gym and stretch instead. (credit: @victoriasport)

Sure, we all like to feel the burn. We’ve all quivered down a set of stairs after a spin class, or grimaced during a HIIT session. It’s all part of the fun! But if your ‘no pain no gain’ approach to working out is leaving you sore and sorry for yourself for days after each workout, take it as a warning sign. You need to allow the micro-tears in your muscles to mend with regular rest days. Another side effect of not allowing your body enough time to repair is an increased chance of injury. So ease up!

5. You’re starting to dread your workouts

Exercise should make you feel good, not exhausted, aching and generally miserable!

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If your daily 10k run has lost its shine and you grimace all the way to the gym, it might be time to rethink your workout regime. Exercise should make you feel good, not exhausted, aching and generally miserable!

6. Your friends can’t remember the last time they saw you out of lycra

Make time for now-sweat related catch ups at the movies or your favorite cafe.

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If the only people you’re seeing regularly are your spin crew, things are a little off balance! It’s cool to work out with your buddies, but make time for non-sweat related catch ups at the movies or your favorite cafe.

How did you know you were working out too much? Tell us in the comments below.
And make sure you check out these 7 things your trainer wants you to know.

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