People who are suffering from this are often worried about bringing it up as it is perhaps seen as a sign of weakness. It is definitely not a sign of weakness and it can have a lot of very important negative effects both mentally and physically!
Here are a few signs you may be suffering from overtraining
- after/before each session you are feeling more stiff and tired than the last one.
- you are losing motivation and enjoyment of training
But if the overall enthusiasm and enjoyment of training is consistently dwindling then this could be a sign you are overtraining
- you are picking up lots of little injuries and perhaps a few big injuries
- do you find it more and more difficult to focus during training
These are just some of the symptoms of overtraining. One of the important things to note is that in all of these symptoms there is an emphasis on CONSISTENCY. Everybody has natural ups and downs in these things but if it is a consistent downward pattern then it could indicate overtraining.
They can be easily looked for and a number of things can be done to combat overtraining. These are discussed in part 2- Monitoring Overtraining and part 3 - Avoiding Overtraining
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