How Much Exercise is Too Much Exercise?

June 15, 2017
How Much Exercise is Too Much Exercise?
How Much Exercise is Too Much Exercise?

For most people, exercise is a good thing that promotes better health and overall well-being. In certain instances, however, exercise can become a negative thing that puts too much stress on our bodies. If your life revolves around your workout routine, consider the following warnings about excessive exercise.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Countless studies have linked regular exercise to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression. According to experts, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is enough to achieve these health benefits. Unfortunately, some people go much further, due to psychological addictions that prioritize fitness above all else.
When people push their bodies too hard, they may experience a number of negative effects, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent injuries
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Undernourishment
  • Reduced libido
  • Irritability
  • Isolation and weakened social relationships
  • Menstruation problems in women

Am I an Exercise Addict?
Contrary to common belief, not all exercise addicts are anorexic. In fact, studies suggest that many are attractive, high achievers with successful jobs and social lives. That said, as their obsessions progress, these people often end up buckling under the weight of their addictions.
According to British sports medicine expert Mark Griffiths, there are six questions you should ask yourself to determine if you are taking exercise too far:
1. Is exercise the most important thing in my life?
2. Do my fitness habits cause conflict between me and my partner?
3. Do I use exercise to alter my mood or escape real life?
4. Have I been increasing the duration or intensity of my exercise?
5. Do I feel irritable, guilty or moody after missing an exercise session?
6. If I cut back on my exercise, do I eventually return to my previous habits?
Even if you answered no to many of these questions, you could still be going overboard with your exercise habits. According to experts, healthy exercisers typically organize exercise around their life, while addicts organize their lives around exercise.
If this sounds like you, talk to your doctor to connect with a specialist who can help you understand the reasons behind your addiction.

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