Getting, and staying, in top physical shape requires the optimal balance of overload and recovery. Too much exercise and/or too little rest can lead to both physical and emotional fatigue. If you train day after day without variety or rest you may be headed for trouble. Check your rest for developing overtraining syndrome by asking yourself a few questions and checking your score below.
- Have I just completed an intense endurance event or competition (such as a marathon, or ultra-endurance race)?
- Have I lost interest in training or playing sports?
- Does my regular workout feel too difficult?
- Do I dread the thought of training or racing?
- Am I becoming more irritated or annoyed about small things?
- Have I lost my appetite or am I eating too much?
- Do I feel mentally stressed, fatigued or withdrawn?
- Do I have generalized aches, pains or body soreness?
- Am I having trouble sleeping?
- Do I have an angry, negative attitude?
- Am I having more colds and flus than usual?
- Is my morning resting heart rate higher than normal?
If you answer yes to four or more of the questions you could be pushing yourself too hard. The following strategies will help you scale back your training, recover and refresh your routine to avoid burnout.