Burnout, or Overtraining Syndrome (as it is also known), occurs when someone works out without enough recovery time or as a result of performing a training load that exceeds their ability to recover.
Some of the signs of Overtraining are:
- Decreased physical performance.
- Persistent muscle or joint soreness.
- Increased incidence of injuries.
- Lack of energy, loss of enthusiasm.
- Excessive fatigue.
- Sleep problems or insomnia.
- Decreased appetite.
- Psychological stress, irritability, depression.
How to prevent Burnout or Overtraining Syndrome:
- Have enough time between workouts for a full recovery.
- Reduce the volume and intensity of your training sessions if necessary.
- Increase your sleep time.
- Have a sports massage of the affected muscles.
- Eat a well-balanced diet to get enough calories and you will have the energy needed to sustain the workout.
Overtraining is harmful to your body; therefore, your training routine should be according to your fitness level and you also need to rest enough to fully recover physically.
It is always important to listen to your body and pay attention to the signs it sends you so that you know what to do and when.