3 Signs You Are Training Too Much, Gaining Too Little

If you are a firm believer in ‘no pain, no gain’ motto you are probably right to some degree when it concerns some people. Others, on the other hand, could benefit from doing a bit less. Gasp! I know. But hear me out. I used to train three days a week for about 1,5-2 hours and often doing nothing but circuits and cardio. I was also eating a low calorie diet and I wasn’t feeling or looking all that great. Now that I’m training practically every day but for thirty-forty minutes I feel great and look better. Here are some signs you should pay attention to if you need to determine the right regimen for yourself.

5 Signs You Are Training Too Much

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You’re In Constant Pain

They say “no pain, no gain” but being constantly in pain isn’t good. It means your muscles and body aren’t recovering and you are overdoing it. Your muscles don’t have to ache after each and every training session. This is a sign of either a total beginner who hasn’t moved a muscle in his or her life or a person who is overtraining same muscle groups. Stop before you hurt yourself.

You’re Hungry All The Time

People love using high intensity workouts as fat burners but what they don’t realize is that when you’re fit enough you need more energy to sustain not only your looks but also your health. Remember that you are creating a big enough deficit through training alone so you don’t need to cut calories that much.

You’re Battling Cold After Cold

When I was doing a lot of circuit training I was also fighting a lot of colds. They could come one after the other, which is so annoying and not safe. This happens because your immune system cannot handle both intensive training and a low calorie diet.

All the while, this type of regimen does not necessarily produce the results you’d think it should. The logic is that you’re working hard and eating less, what could possibly be wrong with that approach?┬áTurns out things are a bit more complicated but the principle itself remains simple and true. Just, you know, don’t overdo it.

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Mona Liz

Mona Liz is a fitness and healthy lifestyle enthusiast with a passion for writing, music, cats, and food.

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