I’m guilty of overtraining and pushing my body to the max when it comes to my workouts. Sure, high-intensity workouts are a lot of fun, but what if you don’t know when to stop, rest, and slow down? How to tell if your workouts are *too* intense?
One thing that really helped me be honest with myself and workouts was Heart Rate Variability.
It’s something that you can track on a smartwatch, so if you have an Apple watch or a Garmin, it can give you data on how your body responds to certain activities, like exercise.
Basically, with heart rate variability, it’s not your actual pulse. It’s not like the actual heartbeat, it’s the time in between those beats.
The more variability there is between those beats, the more likely your body is to recover from a workout and is responding to that stress in a good way.
On the flip side, if there’s not a lot of variability in between those heartbeats, it means that you’re stressing out your body and you’re not recovering well.
I talk more about this in my recent Youtube video!
Be sure to give it a watch!
But, here’s a lil nugget to slip into your back pocket today…
If you’re starving between workouts with crazy cravings that are hijacking your body composition goals consider changing the way you work out.
It could be that your body is unable to recover and likely needs more calories. And, of course, I hope this post help you figure out how to tell if your workouts are *too* intense.
Share this with your workout partners and get the conversation going – what does your recovery look like?
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