Overtraining can happen when a person works so hard at getting fit that they don’t allow their body to rest.

Here are some signs of overtraining:

• Hitting a plateau. Regular workouts don’t result in any improvements. Muscles need time to repair.

• Feeling unusually sore between workouts. The body may need an extra day or two to recover. Substitute a workout with something lower-intensity, such as yoga.

• Lack of energy when beginning a workout, especially when it comes to weight training. Take an extra day of rest.

• Lingering insomnia, headaches or muscle and joint fatigue. The body needs a break.

Source: Life Fitness, an exercise equipment manufacturer

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin