Overtraining Symptoms : When Is It Time To Take a Break From Your Workout?
It doesn’t matter what kind of training you are doing, whether it be for bodybuilding purposes or for sport specific purposes – it is extremely important to take breaks from your workout.
Some people think that taking breaks is slacking off, but in reality, it will help your gains.
Especially if you are giving 100% in the gym, you need to give your body a break periodically and hopefully at least once a week.
Most people don’t understand the incredible level of stress they put their body under when they train. If you don’t take planned breaks, you are putting yourself at an increased risk of overtraining and injuring yourself or slowing down your gains.
How do you know when it is time to take a break?
Easy, just listen to what your body is telling you. If you have been going to the gym for 6 weeks straight, and suddenly you can’t seem to drag yourself out of bed in the morning to go work out, it is more than likely time to take a break. Your body is an incredibly fine tuned machine, you just have to listen to it and give it what it wants. When it gets tired, don’t ignore these signs and interpret it as weakness. Everyone, even the most serious athletes, get burnt out and need to take a break.
What should you do on your break? Well, that depends on your routine. But usually taking a short brisk walk every day is enough to keep you loose.
After your body is rested, you will return to the gym with renewed vigor and ready to make some big gains. Don’t be afraid to take breaks from your workouts. In the end, it will benefit you more than it will hurt you!
Do you feel like you overtrain often? What are the symptoms you experience the most?