Are You Working Out Too Hard? | BlackDoctor

    Are You Working Out Too Hard?

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    No pain, no gain, right? Well, how much pain is too much? Believe it or not, you can exercise too much, which can damage your body more than help it.

    Here’s some tell-tale signs that you’re overdoing it in the gym.

    1. You Can’t Sleep
    There is evidence that a super-tough workout can promote insomnia. When you really push yourself physically, the stress your workout puts on your body can up your levels of certain hormones (such as cortisol), shows research from Germany. Elevated levels of these hormones can leave you tossing and turning, the Germany study authors say.

    2. You Feel Heavy
    And no, it’s not because you ate too much. If the exercise routines you normally breeze through suddenly seem super difficult, that’s a strong sign your muscles or nervous system are crying out for a break. It’s the same if your body feels unusually heavy or sluggish too. While normally you’d think, “I need to workout to feel energized,” that’s not going to go well if you’re over-trained

    3. Your Heart Won’t Slow Down
    Experienced athletes keep a close watch on their resting heart rate. Why? It’s a good measure of your aerobic fitness. But even if you’re not a serious athlete, checking your resting heart rate first thing in the morning can help you avoid overdoing it at the gym. When you’re putting too much strain on your body and ticker, your resting heart rate will jump up dramatically

    Now, here are some ideas and gentle suggestions to counteract your doing too much:

    Hydration: Make sure you stay hydrated. It’s easy to forget to drink enough fluids when you’re running around, and dehydration can result in headaches, constipation, and other avoidable ills.

    Eat well: When you’re busy, it’s also easy to forget to eat healthy foods, relying instead on…

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