Although exercise is usually good for you, if you aren’t careful, it is very possible to accidentally push yourself too hard and actually suffer injuries while exercising. It can be hard to do, but you absolutely have to get used to the idea of not pushing yourself too hard when exercising. Here are a few signs to keep an eye out for when exercising.
High Heart Rate:
One of the best indicators that you are pushing yourself too hard is if your heart rate starts spiraling out of control. Most high-end fitness trackers measure heart rate, so if you don’t already own one, you should definitely consider investing in one. Generally, you can get your heart rate going pretty high and be fine. When you want to start being careful is when your heart rate starts going off the charts. An easy to figure out when to start taking it easy is to subtract your age from the number 220. If you are 35, subtract that from 220. You end up with 185. That is what your heart rate should hover around when exercising. If it goes way above that, consider taking it a bit easier.
You Feel Pain When Working Out:
The old phrase “no pain no gain” has a lot of truth to it. But where people often get confused is that they assume that it refers to any pain, it doesn’t. Here’s an easy way to understand whether pain is good or not.
Feeling pain a day or so after a workout session is good, it means you worked out hard and it’s having an effect. Feeling pain during a workout is a sign that you’re taking it too hard. It means that your muscles aren’t able to deal with the stress you’re putting on them.
Another telltale sign that you are going too hard is nausea. Now, nausea is understandable if you just ate and are working out (although why anyone would ever do that is a mystery). If you haven’t eaten recently and are starting to feel sick while working out, then you want to stop immediately. That is a sure sign that your body is simply not getting enough oxygen to keep up with your pace. You need to slow down a bit so that your body can get enough oxygen to all your muscles.