Common questions from those new to their fitness journey are; can you train too much and/or is it bad to over-train? In brief, the answers to both of these questions is, YES.
When starting out on a fitness journey, it’s super easy to be over enthusiastic and wanting to see results fast. The truth is, this enthusiasm doesn’t last forever and chances are, by training more than what’s recommended (2-3 times per week for beginnners), that you’ll lose interest and motivation before seeing the results you’re after. Worse still, you could end up injured by not giving your muscles the time needed to repair. It’s much better to start slow and build up to a sustainable level where you’re much more likely to stick to your plan and reach your goals faster without the risk of injury or loss of motivation.
Next time you’re thinking of working out again too soon, listen to your body and if you’re still sore from your previous workout, try waiting another day. Your body and mind will thank you and you’ll find your fitness journey to be much more rewarding.