Do you avoid other responsibilities in order to exercise? Do you base your happiness on how big your muscles are and not on other things in your life? Do you feel guilty when you miss out on a training schedule?
If your answer is yes, then you are over-exercising. When exercising becomes more important than other obligations, something is not right.
Exercising must be an activity you enjoy. You must exercise because you want to, not because you must.
Some people go to the extremes of working out when they have an injury. This is unhealthy and only makes an injury worse, or pust one’s life at risk.
Instead of exercising excessively, set targets on what you wish to achieve through exercising, for example; to lose weight, improve stability, endurance and to stay healthy.
Below are five tips on how you can make training and exercising more fun without overdoing it.
• Write down the activities you will do, which days you will do them, and for how long.
• Take a day off in between to allow for some recovery time.
• Do activities you enjoy, rather than activities you feel you must do.
• Exercise 3-5 times each week for at least thirty minutes per session
• Involve friends or family. Tell them to work out with you. When you train alone, it could become boring or if you get a complication, you might not receive instant help.