Signs that you are overdoing exercise

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These are the signs to look for if you think you might be overdoing exercise

1. Exercise leaves you feeling exhausted instead of energized a sure sign your muscles need a break. It seems obvious, but if you're noticing an overall lack of energy, an inability to complete your normal workouts or muscle soreness that lasts longer than 72 hours, you need a rest.

2. Injuries and illnesses are slow to clear up. Healthy people have a good immune system, so if yours isn't strong, you can bet that's a sure sign you need rest.

3. You have a short fuse. Too much exercise can lead to a build-up of stress, which in turn affects your level of tolerance for every day things.

4. You’re doing several sessions of exercise each day, but you’re not training for an event. Your resting heart rate is typically between 60-100 beats per minute (or 40 beats per minute for athletes), so if your normal heart rate sits at around 45 and then jumps to 60 beats per minute, you’re overdoing it.

5. You can’t sleep. The stress your workout puts on your body can up your levels of cortisol, which promotes insomnia.

No pain, no gain? Sure, but listen to your body and pay attention to what it's telling you.

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