Q: What are signs and symptoms of overtraining fatigue syndrome?

A: Overtaining fatigue syndrome is a recognized medical condition in which exercising too much can actually do your body more harm than good. It’s great that you are motivated to workout hard to achieve your goals, but there is a fine line between dedicated intense training and overtraining. Crossing it can set you back a few weeks because you may cause chronic injuries, chronic fatigue or both. Overtraining fatigue syndrome occurs most commonly when beginning a new workout routine or increasing the intensity of an old one.

You should suspect that you are getting overtraining fatigue syndorme if you begin to experience early fatigue, emotional changes, mood changes, lack of motivation, you start to become sick or have frequent injuries, such as tendonitis. Other signs and symptoms of overtraining fatigue syndrome include a sudden decline in performance, elevated resting heart rate, unexplained weight loss and difficulty sleeping. As exercise should improve energy, mood, motivation, and prevent sickness and injuries, too much does the exact opposite.

It you are starting to notice overtraining fatigue syndrome symptoms, take a step back and re-evaluate your workout schedule. Try reducing either the amount of exercise you do or the intensity in which you workout by 10-25% for the next two weeks or so. For example, if you are doing 10 exercises, cut it down to only seven or eight. You don’t always have to push yourself to your limits. Remember that the benefits of exercise develop during your rest periods, so make the most of them. The key is to gradually increase the volume and intensity of your workouts. In addition, eat well and drink plenty of water. You can also follow these other tips to optimize your post-workout recovery.

Stay safe.

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