How to Know When You’re Overexerting Yourself During a Workout

One of the basic tenets of healthy living is to engage in regular physical activity. Working out has been shown to offer multiple benefits that touch virtually all aspects of life. That said, there is such a thing as working out too much. Overexerting yourself isn’t healthy and can actually do more harm than good. So how can you tell if you’re overexerting yourself when you work out?

Mood Changes

Exercise is supposed to have a positive effect on your mental health, right? Normally, yes. As it turns out though, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. If you overdo it and overtrain yourself, you may find that you suffer from mood changes and depression. This can happen if you train for too long, for too many days without rest, or both. The sweet spot seems to be 45 minutes of exercise, three to five days a week.

You’re Constantly in Pain

Some degree of discomfort is to be expected when you are exercising. After all, the processes your muscles go through to become stronger involves them being broken down and built back up. That’s hardly going to be comfortable. Being in pain or pain that doesn’t go away is something different though. That’s usually a sign that you’ve injured something and need to stop. If you see a physical therapist after an injury, it’s important you follow their advice for when to get back into your routine. This will help you recover faster and avoid reinjuring yourself when you start working out again.

Feeling Dizzy and Nauseated

If you overexert yourself during a single workout, you may find yourself feeling dizzy, nauseated, or both. This can happen if you push too hard and haven’t had enough water to drink, haven’t given your body the fuel it needs, are sleep deprived, or if your blood pressure drops. It isn’t safe to continue working out if you feel this way. At a minimum you should take a few minutes to rest and hydrate. It may be a good idea to eat a small snack as well. You can ease back into your workout once you’re feeling back to normal.

Overexertion from working out too much or pushing too hard can be dangerous. Watch out for mood changes, constant feelings of pain and discomfort, and feelings of dizziness and nausea. If you do notice these symptoms, listen to what your body is telling you. You may need to scale back your workouts or include more rest days to allow yourself to recover properly.

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