BY BRENDON BISHOP
RESTLESSNESS, MENTAL FOG AND DISRUPTED SLEEP
This sign is more often seen with excessive aerobic exercise. Your sympathetic nervous system can remain excited at all times, which will leave you feeling restless and unable to focus. Your sleep will likely be disturbed and broken, as well. Even though you’re tired, your body is wired because it’s essentially having a stress response, so the fight-or-flight machinery in your body is operating when it shouldn’t be.
Even though you’re tired, your body is wired because it’s essentially having a stress response, so the fight-or-flight machinery in your body is operating when it shouldn’t be.
BIG-TIME LETHARGY AND DEEP FATIGUE
When this happens, you feel like your “get-up-and-go” just “got-up-and-went.” Your limbs may feel like they are heavy and made of cement. This is more common with overtraining on resistance training, where your parasympathetic nervous system becomes overly stimulated, leading to a decrease in testosterone, an increase in cortisol, a powerful fatigue (both mental and physical) and a tendency to hang onto body fat.
When this happens, you feel like your “get-up-and-go” just “got-up-and-went.”
LOST THE WILL TO TRAIN
When the idea of exercise or anything mildly physical makes you mentally tired before you lift anything, you could take that as a sign of overtraining. When you finish a workout under normal conditions, you should feel acutely tired physically, but energized in both spirit and mind—feeling as if anything is possible and having a general positive vibe occupying your mind. When overtrained, this is not the case. The idea of working out, the act of working out, or doing anything mildly physically challenging is too much to bear. Anyone can have a single day like this, but it may be overtraining if this pattern continues for a week or more.