Over-Training How do you know when you're doing too much?

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This article was edited and updated on November 8, 2015.

How do I know when I am over-training?

Over-training is going beyond the natural limitations of your body. You simply train too much or too intensely. It can result in serious damage to the body and, as you might guess, it is most common among people who are much too eager to see quick results.

When the physical and emotional stresses placed upon your body are greater than the body’s ability to cope and repair, you are over-training.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should allow your body a rest from exercise:

How can I make sure I don't over-train?

To prevent over-training, follow these simple rules:

Exercise is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy other activities that fulfill your life.

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I am a BCRPA-certified fitness instructor in Vancouver, BC. I teach four classes at the West End Community Centre in Vancouver, BC, mostly designed for the older adult. The Inevitable Disclaimer: Everything published here expresses only my opinion, based on my training and research. What you do with the information is entirely your own responsibility. I am not liable for any injury you suffer that seems to be related to anything you read here. Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program. For other articles, return to the table of contents.

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