Signs You're Over-Trained

Running, Crossfit-ting or just dedicated gym-going, here are a few of the signs that your body may be telling you to take a step back for a few days:

  • Mild to moderate lingering muscle soreness, general aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Drop in performance & drop in desire to perform
  • Anxiousness, sleeplessness
  • Elevated resting heart rate
  • Grumpiness!
  • Feeling like everyday tasks (grocery shopping, prepping the kids dinners, etc.) feel like huge feats

Finding The Other Side

Cut back - For a week or 2 acknowledge the way your body and mind are feeling and allow yourself to cut back. Build in more ‘easy’ run days and add an additional rest day and give yourself a short break from high intensity workouts and long runs.

Sleep More - Whenever you can, choose sleep. Opt to sleep more and fit your run into a time later in the day or evening, go to bed (or just get in bed) earlier.

Relax - Beyond trying to get more shut eye try and just give yourself more downtime. Lay in bed earlier with a good book, log a few more couch minutes in the evening, take a restorative yoga class or a good steamy bubble bath.

Nourish - Eating the right foods at the right time can increase the speed of your recovery. Work to eat both protein and carbohydrates within 30 minutes of finishing your run (can be a small snack) to stop your body from breaking down muscle and to start the repair process.

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