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Q. What is overtraining?

What is overtraining? Are there any easy-to-recognize signs or symptoms of overtraining?

Overtraining is a term that is used to express a situation when an imbalance occurs between training and recovery. The symptoms of overtraining can vary from one individual to another. Overtraining, however, frequently involves one or more of the following common signs or symptoms:

    impaired physical performance reduced enthusiasm and desire for training
    increased resting heart rate (i.e., your heart rate taken first thing in the morning before getting out of bed)
    increased resting blood pressure chronic muscle or joint soreness
    increased incidence of musculoskeletal injuries
    increased incidence of colds and infections
    impaired recovery from exercise (e.g., heart rate remains elevated well after the completion of a bout of exercise)
    increased perceived exertion during your normal workouts
    reduced appetite
    dramatic weight loss
    disturbed sleep patterns
    increased depression, irritability, or anxiety

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