As CrossFit athletes, getting adequate rest is extremely important. However, we often forget to take our scheduled rest days or we get so caught up in our gym routine that recovery becomes an afterthought. When you’re overtraining your body does not get the time it needs to recover, which can lead to injury and ultimately cause more harm than good.
1. Constant moodiness or fatigue.
If you are noticing changes in your mood or if you feel constantly fatigued or depressed, this is a key signal that you need to take a rest day.
2. You’re always sore.
Being sore after a tough workout is normal; however, if the muscle soreness is persistent and doesn’t dissipate, this may be your body’s way of warning you that you need a break.
3. Abnormal resting heart rate.
It is important to gauge your average resting heart rate in order to determine irregularities. Above average or below average resting heart rates may indicate that you are overtraining.
4. You are always stiff.
If you are finding that you are struggling with everyday activities or have mobility issues due to stiffness, you should take a recovery day.
5. Dark yellow urine.
This is a sign that your body is dehydrated. Too often we work out when dehydrated, which makes it almost impossible to re-hydrate while training. Make sure to drink plenty of water in order to avoid this.
Taking breaks from training is important to maintain your health and wellbeing. If you ever struggle with knowing when to rest and when to push through, speak with one of our coaches. Dave and Chris can assign individual programming and help ensure that you are receiving adequate rest, while also achieving your fitness goals.
Source: “5 Signs It’s Time to Take a Rest Day” by Kelly Fitzpatrick, Daily Burn (June 5, 2016)