Healthy living is the buzzword for everyone but sometimes too much of a good habit can backfire as well. There are some who crush themselves to the point of exhaustion every time they work out and some don’t work out at all. Many a times it’s hard to find a balance. But for our exercises to be more effective and productive for long term good health, it’s important that we learn to balance healthy habits. Therefore, don’t over exhaust yourself in every workout.
Here are some signs which indicate that your body is exhausted or over strained.
1. You have persistent body aches.
2. You are getting frequent headaches after workouts.
3. You are more tired after workouts rather than energized and bouncy.
4. You have less appetite and don’t seem to sleep very well.
5. You have restless nights or you feel over worked up.
6. You may notice a decrease in your performance by shortening your duration of cardio or reducing your speed.
The above mentioned symptoms are clear indications that your body needs rest at intervals and that you need to listen to your body.
When you are a beginner you may exercise for longer duration without stopping but in the process as you develop endurance or get addicted to workouts you may tend to overdo it. This is the time when you need to work on your exercise schedule diligently. For example if you do high intensity workout then it’s recommended you exercise thrice a week and give rest to your body for the remaining days. Again, rest here does not mean no workout at all, it means doing some light stretching, leisure walk, light weight training etc.
If you don’t provide rest to your body the muscles get stressed resulting in injury or damaged tissue which in turn will have a reverse effect to your healthy living plans. In order to be able to continue with a long term ‘healthy lifestyle’ you should strike a balance between high intensity workouts, enough rest/sleep, right eating and most importantly you should enjoy what you do.
It is also important to not concentrate only on one type of exercise but to move every muscle of your body. Along with cardio you should also focus on strengthening core muscles, weight training for overall muscle gain and some stretching for more flexibility and muscle relaxation.
In a nutshell, it’s very important to exercise that keeps you fit and in shape, makes you feel confident and happy but if you are a kind of person who pushes yourself too hard or a much disciplined one who exercises too much then you need to listen to your body. Strike a balance for your efforts to be more productive.
Health tip of the week
“It’s good to exercise but it’s not good to push yourself too hard”.