You work out, you eat healthy and you get enough rest, so naturally, you should be in excellent shape, right? Not necessarily. If you are over-exercising, you could actually do more harm than good. That’s right, it is entirely possible to work out too much.  (Couch potatoes everywhere are celebrating with a loud round of I TOLD YOU SO!) But wait; hear us out.

As Shape Magazine reports, according to John Gaglione, a strength coach, fitness expert, and founder of Gaglione Strength, “sometimes you need to back off and take it easy in order to keep making progress…the more fit and the stronger you become, the more recovery you need.” This isn’t exactly granting you a license to be totally lazy, but it is certainly a wakeup call to be mindful of your limits.