SO, WHAT IS IT? “Over-exercising equates to the over-training of the body and not allowing yourself adequate rest and recovery time,” says Tori Clapham. “It often leads to injury, fatigue, mood swings, hormonal changes and even a delay in your desired results.” As with everything health-related, the definition of over-exercising will look different for everyone but many fitness instructors and experts are finding that, despite a move to a more holistic approach to health and wellness in the 2010s and ‘20s, there is still an underlying element of exercise as punishment of the body rather than nourishment.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR BODY NEEDS A BREAK? Over-exercising can also significantly increase the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body which can lead to hair loss, acne, severe bloating and exhaustion. As a general rule, if you’re dreading exercise or feel like it takes you days to recover after, it may be time to reevaluate how your routine is working for you.
A RECIPE FOR REST “Our good friend science has proven time and time again that exercise is imperative to good health, disease prevention, robust mental health and ideal energy levels,” says Clapham. “If we aim to move our bodies most days, in a way that suits us on that particular day, we are doing a good thing. But it is also important to take the time to properly rest and recover to ensure you are both taking care of yourself but also that you’re reaping the full benefits of a consistent exercise routine.”