It’s normal to be passionate about living a healthy and fit lifestyle, to the point of discomfort or even pain. You were probably told that being tired and miserable is the process, that it’s one way of knowing that “you’re doing it right.” While that may be true to a certain extent, there’s also a fine line between pushing yourself to your limits and flat out overtraining.

Rest is Part of the Program


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Rest days are incorporated into any sensible fitness program both for recovery and repair. If you’re not taking enough rest days, you could be putting yourself at risk for injuries and conditions. There is nothing wrong with resting; in fact, it is vital to your health.

Here are some signals that you need more rest:

1. Perpetual Pain


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Being sore after a workout is a given. You are essentially damaging your body slightly when you work out. Muscles are torn, then repaired to be bigger and stronger. If you’re going all out, without giving your body ample time to recover, you are simply beating a dead horse. Sure you can make some progress, but you’re better off just taking a day off or two. How much recovery time you need depends on you. Everyone is designed differently. Your buddy might only need one day of rest between workouts, while you might need two.

2. Exhaustion and Grumpiness


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Exercising releases chemicals in the brain that make you happy. If you’re not feeling happy after exercising, this is a sure sign of overtraining. If you’re feeling stressed and tired despite working out, you’re doing too much and need some extra rest.


Also, exhaustion can cause sloppiness in technique. By continuing to push your already-sore muscles, you may notice your form breaking down especially with heavier weights. By compromising the integrity of your exercises, you’re putting yourself at risk of injury.


3. The Wrong Rhythms


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Your heart has rate and rhythm. You check your heart rate when you exercise, so you know when you’re at peak rates for great results. Calculate your normal resting heart rate. If it is much higher or even lower than the norm, it is your cue to ease back for a bit. Also, extremely low blood pressure is one of the symptoms of lack of sleep.


4. Stiff and Tight


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Getting a little stiff after a workout is pretty normal, but if you’re too stiff to move while doing normal tasks after exercising (most prevalent among runners), it’s time to take some rest.


On your rest days, remember that that is just what it is supposed to be. If you are worried about keeping limber, do some light stretching on those days. Mobility work is also equally important.


5. Dehydration


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If your urine is dark yellow when training, this is a sign of dehydration. You need to be well-hydrated before you start exercising, as well as during your workout session. Being properly hydrated before you exercise is crucial during workouts to compensate for the fluid loss from sweat. 

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