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Here are four signs you might be working yourself too hard and tips to get your body back on track and better than ever.

1) Feeling like a zombie lately? If you’re always tired and lacking energy, it’s time to hit the snooze on your early-morning workout! It’s important to get enough sleep each night (about 7 hours for most women) in order to fight off sickness. Sleep is a critical time for your muscles to rest and rebuild so you’re fully energized the next day!

2) Can’t perform your workout routine like you used to? If you’ve had to scale back on your weights or cut your cardio time short, it could mean your muscles haven’t had enough time to repair and strengthen. Avoid working out the same muscle groups every day. Instead, alternate upper body and lower body exercises so you give each muscle group a full day of rest.

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3) Has that little pain in your muscle gotten worse? Don’t ignore muscle soreness! A little tenseness is normal when you work out, but continuing to put strain on your body when it’s really hurting can lead to serious injury if you aren’t careful.

4) A little congested and sick? Having the sniffles and feeling congested are sure signs it’s time to take it easy. If you don’t listen to your body and continue exercising, you might delay your recovery or worsen your illness.

Our bodies are giving us signs all the time – it’s important to pay attention to them in order to stay strong and healthy! Combine a healthy balance of exercise, rest, and balanced nutrition to stay your healthiest and keep on track to your weight loss goals. Remember to consult your physician before starting any new diet or fitness regimen.

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