Introduction

This may sound like a strange thing to say, but it is possible that whilst trying to shape your body you start doing way too much cardio exercise! Naturally most people think this is the best way to lose weight and work off those love handles! Cardio exercise per say is a great thing to do because as humans we are meant to move, however if you spend too much time doing this it can have a really negative effect not only on your results but also the body!

These are the following signs to look out for which indicate you are doing to much

1) You are always sore

Pay attention to how you feel during and after your workouts. If you have chronically aching muscles all the time this can lead to injury and suggest you need more recovery time in-between your sessions.

2) You cant sleep

Turns out that too much cardio increases a hormone called cortisol which keeps the brain active. Too much of this hormone released before bedtime and you will be tossing and turning all night!

3) You cant lose belly fat

Cardio alone will not shift this, try to mix resistance training into your workouts at least 2-3 times per week. By doing this you will increase muscle and your metabolism will burn off more of that stubborn fat!

4) You feel tired all the time

Cardio is great to give you that extra energy buzz, however if you start to feel tired all the time and find yourself dozing off you may be doing too much! Best thing to do would be decrease your exercise time.

5) You dread your workouts

This is a classic sign of over training so it may mean you need to take some more rest days or vary up your workouts. Trying doing a class or something different to your current routine.

6) Entering too many endurance events

Now for those of us that like a challenge of a race then great but a word of caution. Doing event after event, especially marathons and triathlons can really cause major changes to the heart! This is often over looked as most people don’t see it as a muscle so forget to give it the rest and recovery it needs! Try and spread out your events throughout the year so it not only gives you time to train for them properly but also recover!

For more advice on training programs please email rich@121fitnesstraining.co.uk