How to Tell If You’re Overworking Your Muscles- Charleston, SC
Overworking your muscles typically happens when you overtrain. Overtraining occurs when you train your body above its capacity. In other words, this means that your body can’t recover and adapt quickly enough to be prepared for the following training session. Basically, this means you’re training too hard with not enough rest.
Symptoms of Overworking Your Muscles
You may or may not experience these symptoms when you’re overtraining. With some people you only have to look at them before they start training and you know they’re overtraining. Here are some common symptoms you may feel:
- You can’t seem to get any bigger (lack of weight or muscle gain).
- You don’t have enough energy at the beginning of your workout.
- Your target muscles are still sore from the previous workout when you work them again.
- You find it hard to get to sleep and have a good night’s rest.
- You have a general lack of energy throughout the day.
- In extreme cases you may feel depression and anxiety.
Diet and Overtraining
Diet may also play a vital part in overtraining. In particular calorie intake, water intake and carbohydrate intake. Without enough calories, carbs and water your body will have trouble recovering and repairing muscle tissue after your workouts. The same can be said for essential fats and protein if the deficiency is great enough. Diet is usually only the cause of overtraining in extreme cases, for example when a bodybuilder is preparing for a competition or an athlete is trying to lose weight fast and keep training up.
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