How Much Exercise is Too Much?

How Much Exercise is Too Much?

There's something almost magical about getting into the exercise zone. While your workout might have seemed impossible at first, the rapid rush of endorphins, the incredible health changes, and the boost in self-confidence exercise can spur can leave you wanting more — and more, and more. Too much exercise, though, subjects you to cardiovascular risks, increases your odds of losing too much weight, can cause psychological distress, and may even undermine your fitness goals by altering your metabolism. Not sure whether you're getting too much of a good thing? Here are some surefire signs.

You Keep Getting Injured

Injuries here and there are normal. But if you're in pain after each workout routine, you're either pushing yourself too hard or exercising incorrectly; either scenario suggests it's time to slow down and seek help from an expert. And if you workout when you already know you're injured, this offers a clear signal that you've gone too far.

You're Obsessed With Losing Weight

If you're working out to lose weight, you're already in danger of exercising too much, since the desire for weight-loss can initiate an unhealthy spiral. If you push yourself way past your limit simply so you can lose weight, it's time to cool it. And if you exercise to excess to make up for dietary slip-ups, you may have an eating disorder. 

You Feel Anxious When You Don't Exercise

Exercise spurs powerful chemical changes in the body, which means it can be as addictive as any drug. If you feel anxious, depressed, or guilty when you have to take a day off of exercise, then you're a lot like a drug addict going through withdrawal. It's normal to miss your daily routine and to look forward to returning to it. It's anything but normal to feel like you can't focus or function until you exercise, though.

 You Don't Take Rest Days

Your body needs rest days — ideally, at least one or two a week. Without them, you can end up malnourished, struggle more with injuries, or even develop a metabolic syndrome. If you don't take rest days, you're abusing your body. And the odds are good that if you abuse your body in this way with exercise, you're probably abusing your body in other exercise-related ways as well.

 Loved Ones Have Expressed Concern

As any fitness buff knows, loved ones aren't always supportive of fitness goals. But a snarky remark from your mother about your treadmill “obsession” is a far cry from genuine concern. If your loved ones have told you they're worried you have a problem or are concerned about the ways in which exercise is affecting your health, it's time to seriously reconsider your approach to fitness. 

CATEGORIES: Working Out, Exercise, Dangers, Health Risks