By now, anyone who surfs the ‘Net or reads a magazine knows that a sedentary lifestyle is fatal. Everyone now knows that some form of exercise, be it gentle or vigorous, is good for their hearts. Fully half of Americans park in front of the TV, doing as little as possible. The other half work out regularly as recommended by medical experts.


Stress and depression both cause and are the result of inaction. They spur people to lie on the couch watching the tube. Alternatively, exercise increases the brain’s supply of endorphins, those feel-good hormones resulting from the rush of a good workout. Stress and depression can’t stand up to endorphins.


However, too much of a good thing can kill people just as fast as inaction. Studies have shown that moderate exercise offers more benefits than overdoing it. Usually only marathon runners and those in fitness competitions exercise excessively. What’ they’re actually doing is chipping away at their own mortality rate. Why does this happen?


How Excessive Exercise Affects The Body


The purpose of exercise is to strengthen muscles and joints. When you overdo it, though, other things begin to go wrong with the body. Rest between bouts of exercise is paramount to a healthy body. For example, over exercising causes the body to be unable to work out at the same rate. Other things include:


  • Needing more rest between workouts.
  • Being tired.
  • Not sleeping well or at all.
  • Loss of motivation.
  • A feeling of heaviness in the limbs.
  • Injuring muscles or joints from overuse.


Why Rest Is So Important During Excessive Exercise


You could be taking supplements before exercising or perhaps Le-Vel Thrive to give your body the nutrients it needs before, during, and after exercising. While it’s true these things replace the nutrients your body is burning off, they simply cannot replace adequate rest.


Resting between sets and afterward replenishes oxygen, pH, and the balance of sodium and potassium in the cells. Recovery, also known as rest, returns blood circulation and body temperature to pre-exercise levels, according to an article from UNM researchers Jonathan N. Mike, MS and Len Kravitz, PhD.


Listen to your body. When you begin seeing one or more of the above symptoms of over exercising, then back off and rest for a week or two. This should be enough time for the body to rebuild itself.


How To Refrain From Too Much Exercise


If you take time off from work to exercise, exercise every day, or your family and friends worry about how much you exercise, or exercise is no longer fun but is a compulsion, then you might benefit from professional care. Such a professional might recommend antidepressants, cognitive behavioral therapy, or a self-help group.


If it hasn’t reached that point yet, then there are things you can do to avoid over exercising:


  • Take a full 24 hours off between exercising.
  • Allow at least six hours of recovery between bouts of exercise.
  • Shoot for eight to nine hours of sleep each night.
  • Eat the calorie recommendation for your level of fitness.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise, at least six eight ounce glasses of water.
  • If you’re feeling sick or unwell, cut back on your workouts.


Conclusion: Stop Excessive Exercising!

The medical community has convinced us that exercise benefits our physical and mental health. Physical therapists use exercises to restore the health of those injured in an accident or a sports competition. On the other hand, anything that helps us can be detrimental to us if it’s abused or over-done.

Just like too much water can wash out all the electrolytes in our bodies, so can over exercising deplete necessary things in our bodies. All we need do is listen to our bodies, and we’ll benefit from exercise instead of suffering from too much of it.


About the author

Paisley Hansen

Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty, and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym

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