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Are Your Cardio Workouts Working?

By Sara Butler

Cardiovascular exercise is really good for you. It helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, helps you feel good, and is really good for your overall health and wellness. But you can get too much of a good thing, even when it comes to exercise. It's important to work to strike a true balance between your exercise routine and harming yourself. Here are a few signs that your cardio workout may not be working for you.

What's the Problem?

It may not make sense that too much exercise can cause problems, which is why it's important to really understand how it can wreak havoc on your exercise progression.

What counts as too much cardiovascular exercise really differs from person to person. It's actually impacted by several factors such as what you eat, your fitness level, the intensity of the exercise, your health status, and your age -- to name a few.

Even though exercise is healthy for your body, the way your body perceives it isn't exactly a good thing. On a chemical level, exercise is a stressor to your body. It may not be "bad" stress, but your body cannot tell the difference. That's why if you exercise too much or don't give yourself enough time to recover, then it can have a negative impact on your overall health and wellness.

The Signs of Too Much

If you take the time to listen to your body, then it gives you signs that something isn't working exactly right, including your exercise schedule. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel tired throughout the day?
  • Do you not feel rested even though you get enough sleep at night?
  • Have you noticed that your endurance, strength, or speed has taken a nosedive rather than gotten better?
  • Is the amount of body fat you have below what it should be for your height?
  • Are you getting sick more often?
  • Do you have more trouble lately recovering between workouts?
  • Have you had an overuse injury such as chronic pain, a broken bone, or a stress fracture?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be doing too much cardio!

What You Can Do

To combat this you should:

  • Exercise in moderation
  • Alternate between low and high-intensity workouts
  • Take active rest days where you do much less

If you need more help with your exercise regimen, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orlando, Fla.

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