by Justin Robinson
If a little exercise is good for you, more must be better, right? Yes, but only up to a point. When it comes to exercise volume, there is a “dose-response relationship,” which means that the more you work out, the more benefits you will achieve, but there is a tipping point beyond which the amount of exercise you perform can do more harm than good. This point can be reached by one or both of the following two ways:
Too much exercise without enough recovery
This tipping point is known as overtraining syndrome (OTS) and, in short, leads to a decrement in fitness level and possibly injury. Whether you are male or female, you are equally at risk for OTS, so recognizing the early signs and combating them can prevent detrimental fitness and health outcomes. Here are nine signs of overtraining to look out for:
1. Decreased performance.
2. Increased perceived effort during workouts.
3. Excessive fatigue.
4. Agitation and moodiness.
6. Loss of appetite.
7. Chronic or nagging injuries.
8. Metabolic imbalances.
9. Psychological stress and/or depression.
If you recognize these signs of overtraining in yourself, seek the help of a physician or other health professional to seek help.