Do You Exercise Too Much?
Believe it or not, over-exercising is possible. Compulsive exercising can actually do more harm, than it can good. A healthy level of exercise consists of 20-30 minutes, 3-5 times a week. To achieve a well-rounded fitness program, you need to incorporate stretching exercises to stay limber, strength training exercises to build and maintain muscle, and aerobic exercises to work your heart and lungs. If you find yourself pushing your body way too hard, and feel that you exercise too much, you need to lessen your amount of physical activity so you avoid damage to your body.
So, how do you know if you exercise too much?
- PAIN. This includes chest pain, joint pain, headaches and any discomfort in your back, arms, legs, etc.
- INCREASED SHORTNESS OF BREATH. After any intense workout, you will have some labored breathing. However, this should be minor.
- NAUSEA, LIGHTHEADEDNESS, OR EXCESSIVE FATIGUE. If you have the desire to vomit or pass out after working out, then you need to be careful. It is not normal to feel any of these symptoms after exercising. Take your time and pay attention to the exercises that cause you to feel any of these symptoms. LACK OF SLEEP. If you have trouble sleeping at night, then exercise is a great way to cure it. However, over-exercising will take you back to square one—being wide-awake at night. Be sure and stick with healthy levels of exercise so you can have a great night of deep and undisturbed sleep.
- LOW BODY WEIGHT. If you exercise to lose weight, then be careful to stay near your ideal body weight. Don’t exercise too much where you begin to lose more weight than you actually need to. Talk with your doctor or hire a personal trainer if you need guidance. Once you lose weight and hit your target, exercise should be done to maintain it only.
- YOU NEVER LEAVE THE GYM. This is a slight exaggeration, but if all you do is exercise, then you may have a problem. Your body does need exercise, but your body also needs a break. If you’ve given up your social life and are now a gym rat 24-7, then reevaluate your situation so you don’t cause your body harm. Again, remember that while exercise is great for your body, it should be done in a way where it doesn’t become an obsession.
- CONSTANT SICKNESS AND SLOW RECOVERY. Did you know that over-exercising weakens the immune system? When your immune system is weak, it takes longer to recover illnesses. Whether it’s a minor cold, or a more serious infection, the healing process will be delayed if your body has to work harder to fight it off. Excessive exercising also makes it much more difficult to recovery from an injury. If you have an injury, check with your doctor first before exercising. Knowing what you can and can’t do will help you recover safely.
If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms, then you exercise too much. You can always increase intensity later. If slowing down just doesn’t seem like an option to you, then seeking the guidance of a doctor or personal trainer is the best way to get the help you need. Yes, it is possible to work out too much and the results can be dangerous. Getting fit the healthy way will bring you the best results. Take care of your body and it will take care of you for the years to come.