We all know how extremely important it is for everyone to be physically active, whether they keep up with that being involved in a sport or they spend hours at the gym. A couch potato just cannot come up to the level of a fitness junkie whose best friend is the treadmill itself. Nevertheless, a lot of times we find ourselves pushing our bodies way too hard. Call it the pressure of being perfect or having a body that just pleases your own senses if not people, a lot of us might actually step across the boundaries of what we call a ‘healthy workout routine’ because lets face it: Our bodies aren’t machines and even the best of machines wear out if you make them work past their abilities. Here are five signs you might be guilty of this.
You spend way too much time at the gym
Who are we to judge? You might even be taking Instagram worthy pictures most of the time, posing with the dumb bells. But really, if you are spending more than a considerate amount of time at the gym, repeatedly with the same routine, you might just be pushing yourself way too much because hey! You gotta spend time with your family and friends as well. Get some fresh air, your body must be way too deprived of it. The gym is not everything.
Your heart thumps faster than usual
Having an increased heartbeat during your workout routine is a natural thing, but if your heart thumps at a faster than usual rate even at home or at work, you really need to reconsider the choices you are making regarding your exercise plan. If you are pushing yourself too hard at the gym, it tires out your body and dehydrates it, with an increased heart rate which is a constant reminder that your body needs some time to replenish.
Muscle soreness isn’t ‘sweet pain’ anymore
There is that one kind of pain that your muscles go through when you start working out, do all the right amount of reps, and then, you know, pat yourself on the back because you are proud of yourself. That kind of pain is natural, we all go through it at various points in our fitness journey. But what isn’t okay is when your body is always in the state of pain. That’s when you need to regulate your routine and remind yourself that not every day is ‘intense workout’ day.
You feel lethargic
Laziness is one thing. You feeling drained out all the time and literally dragging yourself around even after getting ample amount of sleep, that is another thing. And certainly not an okay thing. Furthermore, being fatigued just makes your head cloudy and can also lead to you feeling low and depressed. Hence, you really need to make sure that you are only exercising as much as your body can take one at a time.
It no longer excites you
Sometimes, when you are overdoing your exercise, it eventually becomes less interesting, less of a challenge and you may lose motivation. Enjoying your workout is really important in order for you to reap maximum benefit. If you are looking for some professional guidance on what workout suits your body type best and how much you require, download the Nutright app on your smartphone and we would be happy to be of assistance.