Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Warning Signs of Over-Exercising
July 4, 2006

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Question:

I train 5 days a week, sometimes for 2 or 3 hours at a clip. I think my cardio exceeds my strength training. Iím not really seeing a change in my body. Could it be Iím overtraining? What signs should I look for? (Janie, from Seaford)

Answer:
With todayís emphasis on get off the couch and move, over-exercising does not get proper attention. A big problem no one wants to own up to is exercise addiction. The mindset attached to it is if I do more for longer, I will achieve my goals. A great concept, but long term it will not work. When the body is put to a lot of stress, it must on the other side of the coin, recover. Over-exercising is hard on the joints and internal organs. Remember as in all things, there must be balance. Less is more.

Some Warning Signs:

  • Chronic fatigue - "Iím always tired"
  • Muscle or joint soreness
  • More injuries are occurring- ankle sprains, knees, shoulders, etc.
  • Boredom and low motivationósame thing all the time

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