Exercises are recommended to help maintain a healthy body. They keep it functional and improve the immune system, as well as helping to maintain proper body weight. Depending on motivation and a person’s endurance, one can opt for an intense workout or take things more slowly. In either way, exercises stretch the body and it needs time for rest and recuperation. Apart from the trainer’s and your sports physical therapist’s order to rest, there are certain signs you should pay attention to. These are;
- In case you are extremely stressed…
Don’t get it wrong, working out helps in the production of endorphins that contribute to stress reduction. However, if you are feeling extremely stressed, working out isn’t such a good idea. While you work out at such a time, you are adding up stress in your body by increasing your heart rate which could lead to the exacerbation of symptoms.
Nonetheless, if during your stressful days you get some relief exercising without any effects, try not to go overboard. Just avoid overly intense workouts during this time.
- If you do not get enough sleep –
A good night’s sleep replenishes lost energy and allows the body to heal. Your muscles rejuvenate, preparing you for tomorrow’s session. On the contrary, the lack of sleep brings a whole lot of concerns. It affects the immune responses, cardiovascular systems and slows down the overall body’s functions. In such a state, the risk of sustaining sports injury is higher. In addition, the motivation to exercise is greatly reduced. There is a limit to how far we can push our bodies and if you feel sleep-deprived, take a day or so off exercises.
- Soreness –
Muscle soreness and fatigue is a healthy sign you are doing something. However, when the soreness perseveres and reaches extreme levels, listen to your body. Otherwise, the muscular fiber repair won’t happen, thereby increasing the injury risks including muscle tears.
- If you feel sick –
At some point, you have to know how sick is too sick for a workout session. Conditions like nasal congestion, sore throat, and running nose do not hinder one’s ability to push through. Only that you need to reduce your session time since you aren’t at the normal levels physically. In case of severe coughs, shortness of breath or fever, stay out of the gym. It does not only reduce the chances of spreading to others but it gives you the opportunity to heal faster.
As much as we may want to see how far our bodies can push through pain, it’s better to sometimes take a step back. Any of the above watch-outs could lead to recurring or severe injuries. So always listen to your body and rest when you feel the distress signal.
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Disclaimer: This information is provided as an educational service only, and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Anyone seeking specific medical advice or assistance should consult his or her doctor or orthopedic surgeon.