Exercise: are you overdoing it?

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A healthy life is about striking a balance. Yes, exercise is good for your wellbeing but there’s a bad side, particularly if you overdo it

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“If you fail to maintain a balance between training and rest and recovery, the effects of overtraining may set in and your body can then struggle to keep up with the exercise load,” says biokineticist Letshego Zulu.

Signs you are exercising too much

Increased resting heart rate

Excessive weight loss

Insomnia

Loss of appetite

Constipation or diarrhea

Failure to recover fully from hard training sessions can lead to further injuries.

Muscle fibers develop numerous tears from strain

Burnout

Signs of burnout

Anxiety

Irritability

Heart palpitations

Shortness of breath

Headaches

Difficulty concentrating

Reduce your time at the gym and the intensity of your exercises. Listen to your body and give it time to recover.

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