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Warning signs of overexertion

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Everything should be done in moderation, and that rings true when it comes to exercising. Overexertion can lead to injury or even chronic health conditions. Hence, it is important to watch out for warning signs from the body and recognize when your workout is causing more harm than good.


Dehydration
If you experience symptoms such as a dry mouth, lightheadedness, or heart palpitations, you might be facing dehydration. This occurs when your body has lost an excessive amount of fluid, mainly due to perspiration. One should be wary of dehydration, especially when carrying out strenuous activities during hot weather.

Some lesser knows symptoms of dehydration also include headaches and muscle cramps. If you are experiencing these symptoms, stop your exercise, move to a cooler spot and drink up. Should the muscle cramps persist, you should see a doctor to rule out more serious health conditions.

Fatigue
Symptoms such as a fast or irregular heartbeat, increased napping and finding yourself easily irritable are telltale signs that you are pushing your body and mind too hard for too long, and are not getting enough rest. Sufficient sleep is vitally important for the body to heal and recharge itself from strenuous physical activities.

If you exercise regularly, you might already be accustomed to the level of fatigue associated with a particular workout. You should pay particular attention if you perceive a change in the level of fatigue, especially if the fatigue persists for a long time, as this might indicate an underlying heart disease.

Additional danger signs
Should you experience chest pains or difficulty in breathing at any point in your workout, do stop for a few minutes to rest. Symptoms that do not subside after rest indicate that you are in danger of overexerting yourself.

Additionally, wheezing and persistent coughing could occur due to exercise-induced asthma, while the squeezing and tightening of the chest might indicate a heart attack.