We’ve all heard the phrase that “the key to life is balance.” This truism is relevant to working out as well. Yes, working out is the best way to get your body in shape. But, overtraining and overexercising can cause some serious side effects and negate the results you have been working to achieve.

Overtraining is a breakdown in performance that occurs when the body is pushed beyond its capacity to recover. Overtraining, therefore, is not a problem of too much training, but of too little rest and recuperation.

Side effects of overtraining include, but are not limited to

  • Reduced performance
  • Fatigue
  • Weakened immune system
  • Irritability
  • Changes in appetite

Below are some simple solutions to ensure you maintain balance

  • Get more sleep (ideally 8 hours a night), especially after a heavy training session.
  • Ensure you consume enough calories; prepare healthy post-workout meals
  • Take breaks from training. You’ll be stronger and more energized when you come back to it.

Try and apply the same commitment to recovery that you apply to your workouts. Give your body the time it needs to rebound and repair and you’ll find yourself with more energy, enhanced performance and a better disposition.