How to tell if you’re working out too hard

Signs You're Working Out Too HardWe’re totally for an active lifestyle, which includes a few workout sessions per week, as well as a healthy lifestyle. However, this doesn’t mean that you should exaggerate with this!

Believe it or not, there are people who take fitness way too serious and end up being exhausted after one week. The worst part is that they figure out this too late and a break from workout session is mandatory for them. However, there are a few signs which you should look after and see if you’re ‘torturing’ your body!

Let’s take a few moments and talk about the signs that say that you need to scale back a bit.

Your muscles are shaking uncontrollably

Sure, a bit of shaking is always great, especially after a great session, but if it happens way too often and you simply can’t control it, it’s definitely a sign of muscle fatigue. And it basically says that you’ve gone too far.

Continuous shaking can put your joints at risk,” says CorePower Yoga’s Heather Peterson. “If you can’t regain control in the next movement, then reduce the intensity (either by dropping down in weight or going less in-depth in your movement), rest if you need it, and join again when you’re ready.”

Your heart rate is skyrocketing

Monitoring your heart rate during a workout session is not a trend, no matter what people criticizing you for buying that expensive fitness tracker said. It’s actually a very efficient way to train since it helps you observe if you’re pushing too hard or not.

The idea is simple: keep your heart rate in an efficient active zone and you should be all good. On the other side, it the rate is constantly higher than normal, then you should take this as a warning and try reducing the intensity of your workouts.

You’re seeing black spots

This could be another serious sign of you working out to heart and the bad news is that it doesn’t come alone, but accompanied by feeling dizzy or even fainting. Keeping it short, it’s a big sign that your body is not ready for such an increased intensity level, like the one you’re pushing it to, but also that your blood sugar level is too low.

In any case, if you’re going through this, stop right away, leave the room and try drinking some water. Eventually, tell your trainer about this, as they will definitely know what to do next, and consider changing your workout schedule with something adapted to your ‘powers’. 

You’re not breathing properly

During most fitness or working out sessions, breathing is very important. Therefore, you must follow it, as much as possible, in order to observe any irregularities.

If it’s shorter and shorter, you’re gasping, or if you lose the slow, rhythmic cadence, then it’s time to slow down,” says the same Heather Peterson. After all, you don’t want to get back home exhausted and complain about pain or other similar issues right?

Whenever you feel like you can’t go further anymore, since you reached and surpassed your limits, a quick rest can surely give you a fresh perspective and revitalize all your efforts but also help you focus on your workout after you’re done.

For any other advice on how an efficient fitness session should go like, Fitness 360 is the right place. A premier workout facility for all ages and lifestyles, it offers access to spinning, yoga, lesmilles, or Zumba classes, as well as traditional weight training, so you can achieve the physique you always wanted.

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