4 Signs You’re Overtraining — and How That Negatively Impacts Your Goals

Feeling stale and tired? More aches and pain than usual after your exercise? This article will help you understand about overtraining better so that you know when to get more rest and stop pushing yourself at the gym.

Hard work pays off — but working harder instead of smarter doesn’t. If you’ve been putting in hours of exercise and not seeing the results you want, you could be overtraining.

When you start seeing results — or want to keep results going — it’s natural to want to turn it up a notch. It’s a delicate balance, though. Look out for these telltale signs that you’re overtraining. Knowing when to back off can prevent injury and long-term damage to your health and well-being. We spoke with Youfit Health Club’s national director of fitness, Raphael Konforti, to help identify those cues we may be missing.

You’re Training Hard but Not Seeing Results

The most frustrating part of overtraining is that your results fade away like the colors in your favorite shirt. You need to give your body time to rest from any intense regimen.

“Recovery is where the magic happens,” Konforti said. “Think of training and recovery as your bank account. Every time you exercise, you’re taking money out, and if you don’t save up with recovery time, you’re going to run out of money and results.” Changes in your body have a huge impact from what happens after your workouts — your sleep, your rest, and your nutrition all play a part in helping you reach your goals.

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Read more: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Can-You-Work-Out-Too-Much-44189257


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5 Pregnancy Stretches to Relieve Tension

Pregnancy comes with enough discomforts. In order to relieve those tensions and anxiety there are lots of exercise that pregnant women can do. If you’re wondering what the best pregnancy exercises are, this article will give you some good tips and ideas.

It’s 2 a.m., and you’re on your way — for the fourth time — down that well-worn path in the hall to you-know-where. But on this trip, you are waylaid by a cramp in your calf so crippling that you think you’re trapped in some monster nightmare. You try rubbing the muscle, but it feels as tight as a steel cable. You count to 10, or 20. And that works — sort of.

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Pregnant women endure a great many discomforts. In addition to having our bladders pressed on and our legs wrenched with cramps, we get backaches, shortness of breath and swollen ankles. We also have trouble sleeping. For many women, simple, frequent stretching may be the answer. While little hard data exist on the effect of stretching on the baby-bearing body, there is plenty of firsthand testament to its merits.

“Pregnant women are not aligned the same way they were before pregnancy,” says Susan Warchaizer, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts. “Limbering up and loosening muscles is probably useful because it makes it easier to carry the excess burden you don’t normally carry.” When muscles are relaxed and flexible, they can handle the weight more comfortably and safely, Warchaizer adds.

Read more:  https://www.fitpregnancy.com/exercise/prenatal-workouts/home-stretch


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