Collaborative Post¦ If you go to the gym, you will know how important it is to push yourself as much as possible. After all, it’s the best way to get results- right? The problem is that if you are pushing yourself too hard then you may be compromising your body and your mental health.
Know your Limits
Your personal trainer may ask you to give one more rep or even one more squat. Most of the time they truly believe that you can do it and they also have your best interest at heart too. If you are pushing yourself too hard however then you may feel as though you physically can’t do anymore and that nothing your personal trainer says is going to change that. If you keep pushing yourself beyond this limit, then you may end up with a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. This is when your muscle fibres actually start breaking down and they also cause myoglobin to leach into the bloodstream. When this happens, you may experience kidney damage and you may even suffer mentally too.
Your Heart Monitor is Telling you to Stop
A heart monitor is a very valuable tool when it comes to cardio workouts such as HIIT and even running. It’s a great way for you to know whether you’re actually going to keel over, or whether it’s just in your head. A lot of heart rate monitors will tell you your maximum rate, and it’s usually safe to go up to 90% of whatever that number is. If you go beyond this then you may want to reduce the intensity of your workout a little. This will give you more energy and it will put less strain on your heart.
You’re Being Sick
Unless you down a huge protein smoothie right before you workout, you should never be vomiting. This is a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. This is usually because your body can’t get enough oxygen to fuel your muscles and as a result, you have a lot of lactate in your system. Vomiting during your workout can also be a sign of rhabdomyolysis too, and as mentioned above, this is certainly not a good thing.
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If you are constantly injured then you may be trying too hard at the gym. Pain relief such as Nurofen is great if you have aching muscles but you do need to listen to your body from time. You don’t need to stop working out if you’re in pain, but it might help to lower the intensity. When you do, you may find that you can go for longer at the gym without injuring yourself.
Your Form isn’t Good
It’s great to try one more pull-up or even lifting another 5kg on the bench press. This is how you get stronger and it is how you push yourself. If your form is compromised or if you have to cheat to try and fulfil the exercise then this is a sign that you are pushing yourself far too much and this is when you become injured.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.