Overfatigue and overtraining

If you workout frequently without taking time to rest, you will first become overworked and then overtrained.


It is a borderline pre-sick condition, and it may show up as one of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling of tiredness develops more quickly and lasts longer after exercise;
  • General well-being is impaired - weakness and lethargy occur;
  • Disrupted appetite and sleep;
  • Mood swings and emotional instability occur.

These signs may appear all together, or separately, and may be well expressed or barely noticeable.

Overfatigue is a consequence of chronic stress (chronic stress is not just the stress of training, but all the other stress that is undoubtedly present in everyone's life, both at work and elsewhere).

Do you know what to do if you feel symptoms of being overworked? Rest, that's right. Skip your workouts for one week to a month.


Overtraining develops when overfatigue lasts for a very long time.

It is based on an overstimulation of the CNS (central nervous system). The balance between the sympathetic (excitatory) and parasympathetic (inhibitory) systems is disturbed, hormone production is altered, and the body's regulatory systems are disrupted. The functional state of almost all body systems deteriorates.

Overtraining can be identified externally by the following symptoms:

  • Poor attention and memory;
  • Irritation and a lack of motivation;
  • Poor coordination of movement, gross errors in technique;
  • Persistent energy loss;
  • Tiredness despite comparatively little effort; a quick increase in heart rate and blood pressure;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Loss of sleep;
  • Abnormal heart rhythm;
  • Vulnerability to severe viral respiratory infections (severely reduced immunity).

While overfatigue can typically be eliminated by cutting back on exercise or ceasing all training for 1 week to 1 month, recovery from overtraining is a long process that can take 6 months or longer and often requires medical attention.

Overtraining is a scary thing by the way...