It’s ok to push yourself at the gym. If we didn’t push ourselves, it would be difficult to make progress. However, there are ways to push yourself too hard, and the consequences are always negative. Listen to what your body is telling you. Here are five signs you’re going too hard at the gym. If you experience any of them, it’s probably time to stop before you seriously hurt yourself.

Pain Is A Bad Sign

We’ve all heard the phrase “no pain, no gain,” but in the fitness world, it can be dangerous to take this advice. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. If you continue to push yourself despite feeling pain, you might put yourself completely out of commission. A little discomfort is fine, but when it’s real pain, give yourself a break.

You Can Barely Pick Up The Weight

When working out, it’s best to take gradual steps when increasing weights. As a beginner, start with something that requires effort to lift but doesn’t start to get really tiring until at least 10 to 15 reps. If you’re pretty tired after just a few reps, that weight is too heavy for you. Lifting too much leads to getting hurt, and that’s the last thing you want.

You’re Literally Spilling Your Guts

If you throw up during or after a workout, it’s a pretty safe bet you are going far too hard. It means your body is not receiving enough oxygen to supply to its muscles. Don’t be fooled by people telling you throwing up from a hard workout is a good thing┬ábecause it isn’t. Throwing up is a sign that you need to slow it down.

You Just Can’t Catch Your Breath

After you push yourself during a workout, it’s expected to be out of breath, panting and reaching for your water like your life depends on it. The problem comes when you’re out of breath for too long. If you’re having trouble breathing for more than a few minutes, that’s a clear sign you took it too far.

Your Heart Rate Is Through The Roof

If your heartbeat seems too intense while you’re working out, it probably that means your heart is beating faster than is healthy. Slow down. Working your heart too hard is not safe. You could end up with chest pain, heart palpitations, and severe lightheadedness that causes you to faint.