So you think you're overtraining. What should you do?
Overtraining is tough to diagnose in most people, but if these signs above are all too familiar then there's a good chance you may have been hitting it just a bit too hard. Before you do anything, you should get checked out by a doctor, because there's always a chance that an underlying medical condition is to blame.
If you've ruled that out, here's how to fix it:
Drastically reduce gym time, or stop going altogether, for a week. This way you can allow the body to recover properly, and in turn get ready for more work.
Quit tracking your diet and allow yourself to eat more. One cause of overtraining that actually has nothing to do with the fitness workload is diet: sometimes people don't eat enough to support their workload. By eating more and training less, your nervous system, hormones, and immune system will have the necessary fuel to recover properly.
Sleep more. By cutting down on gym time, you give yourself a chance to get more sleep each night, and this is paramount to recovery. By getting more sleep, you'll recover more quickly, and be able to hit the gym again.
Overtraining truly is no joke, because if it were it would be pretty lame and not funny at all. The gym is there to make you look and feel better, not rule your life completely.
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