- Ever feel so exhausted that you just can’t fall asleep? That means your sympathetic nervous system may be working overtime. Pushing too hard for too long can sometimes cause constant release of stress hormone that keep you wired for “flight or fight,” and that imbalance can totally throw off your sleep. Another sign may be the disappearance of your menstrual cycles.
- Constantly sick? Either you have a toddler, or your immune response could be lowered due to inflammation and stress from overtraining. Make sure you’re getting adequate breaks between hard workouts.
- Reached a plateau in your workouts that no amount of training can push past? Sometimes a short break for either a rest day or simply changing your preferred workout activity can help you resume making gains in your 5K pace or your weightlifting one-rep max.
- Are you so tired that every day feels like a blur? After sleep and dietary change, constant stress, either from workouts or even daily life, can really wreck your body. We’re made to undergo cycles of work and rest, so being constantly “ramped up” can keep you from reaping some of those down-time benefits and even make it harder for you to rest when you finally have a chance.
- Does that walk from your car to the gym make you tired just thinking about it? The reason that people often begin to look forward to their daily workout involves the brain’s own reward system. Dopamine, the body’s feel-good hormone that provides positive feedback for everything from workouts to intercourse, and endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, are both released during and after exercise. That being said, excessive training can blunt that response, and thus, blunt your satisfaction with your workout routine.