Here are signs that you may need a break:
1. Are you constantly fatigued?
2. Do have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep or do you need more than eight hours a night to feel alert?
3. Are you sore and stiff with aching joints and muscles for days with no relief?
4. Do you depend on pain medication to get you through a day?
5. Is the love gone between you and your workout even though nothing about it is different? It may be time to switch up routines, or you might be burning out.
6. Overtraining can have a plateau affect on your body. Are you noticing few improvements or gains? Your body may have reached a stalemate that only a rest can fix.
8. Are you experiencing one injury after another to one or more body parts? Beware, acute issues can become chronic if not addressed.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, as advised, incorporate a rest day or two into your weekly workout schedule. Some people take a day off every fourth day. Others take Sunday off and start their week with energy and enthusiasm. Think of your rest day as being as crucial to your fitness as your workout days. If you have health concerns beyond over training, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to help you determine if there are other underlying causes.
For more see next week’s blog where we will discuss the benefits of a rest day.