By Wanda Marie Thibodeaux
Exercise makes you stronger and more fit, assuming you give your body what it needs to recover. When you push too hard, you might encounter what's known as overtraining syndrome. For optimum health, this needs to be treated, but there is more than one way to go about it.
Overtraining syndrome refers to symptoms that arise from too much physical activity. Normally, it's attributed to sports and weight training, but you can experience symptoms even if you don't consider yourself an athlete, just from too much everyday physical exertion. Simply put, the body doesn't get the opportunity to recover from the demands you place on it. The result is symptoms such as fatigue, muscle tenderness and soreness, poor coordination, injury increases and a loss of performance or strength. Additional symptoms such as nausea, disrupted hormonal or menstrual cycles, irritability or depression, increased allergies or infections, sleep issues and a decrease in appetite can also be present.
Treatment Approach #1: Rest