How Much Is Too Much?

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We can all agree that exercise is good for you, but how much is too much?  

Overtraining syndrome (OTS) is a condition where the body reaches its “tipping point” when exercise starts to do more harm than good.  This is most often caused by excessive exercise with lack of adequate rest for proper recovery and/or chronic underfueling of the body.  Overtraining can result in hormonal, physical, and emotional changes that can lead to undesirable long term fitness and health outcomes. 

Symptoms of burnout may include:

Chronic fatigue

Weight loss and appetite changes

Decreased performance

Mood changes (Mood swings, agitation, depression)

Insomnia

Chronic injuries

Metabolic changes (anemias, loss of menstrual cycle)

Frequent illness

There is no official diagnostic criteria for OTS, but knowing the signs and symptoms and identifying them early can be the best chance to avoid it. 

I always recommend at least 1-2 full rest days a week to allow the body to properly recover. A rest day doesn’t mean you have to lay around and do nothing.  If you’re feeling ancy, grab a foam roller, turn on a stretching video, or go splurge on a massage (twist my arm).

Moral of the story - treat your body like the temple it is! 🙂 

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