Let's face it, exercise makes us look better and feel better. Endorphins are produced (hormones that are secreted within the brain and nervous system that activate the body's opiate receptors thus, causing an analgesic effect.) As a result, avid exercisers can feel angry, anxious and/or even depressed if they miss their workouts and this may ultimately interfere with other areas of their lives.
Exercise is generally good for us and we are most likely aware of that. However, we often miss some warning signs that could potentially lead to serious injuries of the musculoskeletal system and endocrine system.
Some signs that you may be exercising too much include but aren't limited to:
1.) "Putting exercise above everything else." It's a great way to begin or end your day, but if you have other obligations or perhaps things that may offer you enjoyment-yet, you see exercising as your only means of fulfillment, then you may wish to take a step away. This doesn't mean forever, It simply means that you take an "active-rest," day or week, perhaps even two weeks. (swimming, cycling, walking, in lieu of higher intensity types of exercise.)
2.) "Missing a workout, ruins your day." In some instances, exercising provides a feeling of self-worth and one's fitness level determines this worth. When there's an extreme interplay of exercise and your identity-then you may wish to examine why you're exercising in the first place.
3.) "You're ignoring pain for the price of a better body." Some discomfort during and after exercise is normal, but when it's chronic, your body isn't getting the proper rest nor nourishment it requires to maintain or elevate, to peak performance." This is when you must rest and replenish! As aforementioned, you may require active rest periods and/or some serious sleep and additional nourishment!
4.) "Insomnia and/or extreme fatigue." If you're experiencing insomnia and/or extreme fatigue, then look closely at your volume of your exercise routine (number of muscles worked, exercises, sets and reps during a single session.) You may need a break!
5.) "Loss of motivation." When you aren't motivated to do things and certainly not motivated to workout, maybe it's best to give yourself a little time-off!
In conclusion, exercise should be exciting and fun and allow you the opportunity to feel good about yourself, without the undue stress that over-exercising can present. So, as it pertains to some of the signs, aforementioned-then a day off, may be exactly what you need and most likely, well-deserved!