|Exercising or Over-exercising, Signs to overcome|
Keeping fit, following a regular fitness regime are all a must for the fitness freaks. Having a fit and fab body is relatively the mantra of the teens. The craze created by the film starts and modeling beauties have made a mad craze among the youngsters to follow up the trend in just not the fashion world but also in the fitness world. Exercising, dieting, doing yoga asanas, regular workouts for a healthy mind and body has been the latest trend.
But are you sure that you are not over-exercising? If fatigue is your constant companion during workouts, then fitness experts have a word of caution, that it might not be the healthy way of losing weight.
There have been times when you’ve gone beyond the ‘I just want to tone up’ regime in the gym. Incidentally, the number of people who push the limit or even over-exercise are huge in number. Health experts talks about signs you should pay heed to, to keep over-training at bay.
Points to note
Fitness trainers recommend that every individual should follow a proper regime that would adapt to their body. Every individual’s body reacts differently to a gym routine. While some start to show results almost instantly, others take time to shape up. But when nothing seems to work or show results, understand that it’s time for patience to play a strong role. Dissatisfaction in not being able to lose even few inches on the waistline or six packs not developing, is common. At that moment, instead of hastening the process by spending extra hours of work out in the gym and over training, try to understand how changes in your lifestyle can help give a positive change. Consulting a fitness trainer or a health dietician when following the regime is also advisable.
Signs to watch out to understand if you are over-exercising
It might sound obvious, but tiredness is of course the first warning sign an individual’s body gives out when it needs to stop. Most people complain of being tired after a cardio work out or weights session, but the actual sense of fatigue is a little harder to diagnose. Sometimes low immunity, difficulty in concentrating, nagging aches and pains that persist are all symptoms of over training.
As your body comes under higher stress levels, the brain may show resistance in following the regime. In simpler terms, it means that over training can deplete your glycogen quantities, which are needed to keep the brain functioning. Once the levels are destabilized, it can make the person feel anxious and depressed.
Low immunity may present itself as getting cold and flu. When you over train, the demands you’re putting on your body outweigh your nutrient intake. This can take a toll on your capacity to exercise.
Keep a diary
Following a work out pattern is very essential. Making note of what kind of work out you are doing helps in avoiding drain outs. This also helps in studying what kind of work out is essential to one's body. Most gyms keep a record of your measurements and progress levels. It’s a good idea to plan ahead, with a training diary for yourself and lack of progression could signal over training.
Understanding your body type is also very important. Our bodies are not machines. They need to be nurtured. Give yourself a moment each day to listen to what your body wants. If it’s difficult for you to cope with stress, try yoga and do deep breathing exercises (Pranayama). Don't be Bigorexic [opposite to Anorexic] a strong desire to bulk up to unreal proportions. If you’re not a body builder, there’s no reason to push yourself to the extremes.
Hair loss and dullness of skin
During work outs one has to look in for problems like hair loss and dullness in skin. Usually when we sweat during workouts, there is the possibility of losing hair but if it happens in excess one has to take care of it, considering it as a problem. If one continues to over-exercise, it will take a toll on your health. The most natural warning bells are hair fall and a healthy glow getting replaced with a drained look. Make sure that you go for a shower after exercise. Apply moisturizer if you feel your skin going dry. Finally, take special care of your diet. Eat well, on time and stay healthy without over doing is the key to maintaining a healthy , fit body.