Would you spot when you’ve been overtraining?

Many of us who are in the gym regularly are often overtraining without even knowing it! Overtraining is when your mind and body are not rested properly, causing illness, injury and reduced performance.

You need to balance the stress you’re putting on your mind and body with an appropriate amount of recovery. Most of us have busy lives and are often rushing to do things, but you should never rush your training. Training well means pushing barriers and challenging yourself, as we all know that you won’t improve by doing the same routines over and over again, but you should never risk overtraining.

10 signs that you’re overtraining:

  • Sore muscles
  • Pain in the joints
  • Lack of energy
  • Drop in performance
  • Increased injuries
  • Irritability
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping

    How to treat overtraining:

    Treating overtraining is much easier than you think. You should start by making sure that you rest both your mind and body, that you drink plenty of water and that you have balanced, healthy food. Eating and drinking the right types of food and drink are the best way to begin looking after yourself and recovering from overtraining.

    You should also look to give your muscles regular massages to prevent injuries that are often caused through tight knots in your muscles during workouts. You can hire a sports therapist to give you regular massages, or you could save money and get yourself a foam roller or a massage ball.

    If you’re looking to massage areas in your back, try the Mauler Ball (USA only), a massage ball that’s designed to take the strain and give you the deep tissue massage that you need, exactly when you need it.

    Alternatively, you could choose a foam roller to give your legs deep tissue massages. Choose between the Muscle Mauler (UK | USA) and the Muscle Mauler Max (UK | USA), two foam rollers that are designed to work just as hard as you train!

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