How to tell if you're exercising too much

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Isn't exercise good for you? - Exercise can be really good for you, and is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. However, there is such a thing as going too far.

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What is overexercising? - Overexercising means that you're working out so much that you're actually experiencing a negative health impact.

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What are the symptoms of overexercising? - Be on the lookout for some of these symptoms if you feel like you may be spending too much time working out.

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Trouble sleeping - You're very tired but can't seem to sleep, or you have poor sleep quality throughout the night.

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Dehydration - You constantly feel like you're not taking in enough water, despite drinking the required amount.

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Chronic injuries - You have constant injuries, however, you choose to keep working out consistently anyway, instead of stopping to let your body heal.

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Sore muscles - Sore muscles for a few days after working out is normal. However, if the soreness isn't letting up at all, that's an issue.

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Constantly sick - You are constantly sick with something. Too much working out can lower your immunity, so you may constantly have a cough, congestion, etc.

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Less enjoyment - You consistently lack motivation for exercise that you previously really enjoyed.

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Moody - Your body is stressed, therefore you are stressed. This can include depression, anxiety, hostility, and many more unpleasant feelings.

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Plateau - You're stalling in your fitness progress, meaning that no matter how much you work out, you're not improving.

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High resting heart rate - When you are "resting" (not doing intense physical activity), your heart rate is much higher than normal.

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How to recover from overexercising - If you think that you may have been overexercising, here are some things you should do to recover.

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Reset your body - Take a break! Your body needs rest and time to recuperate, and you haven't been giving it enough of that. Take a week or two off.

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Write in a journal - Start to write down how you're feeling about fitness on the whole, and what you think your motivation is for working out so much.

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See a doctor - If these symptoms are hitting close to home, you should go see a medical professional to get evaluated.

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See a doctor - This step is incredibly important, as some of the effects listed can be symptoms of other problems. You want to ensure that overexercise is really the cause.

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Hydrate - Just because you aren't working out as often doesn't mean you should stop drinking lots of water. Keep yourself hydrated.

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