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Excessive Exercise: Is It Really a Thing?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people don’t get the right amount of exercise. What does this mean? Most of the time, it means we’re not getting enough. We don’t get to work out four days per week. We only have 20 minutes or so to squeeze in some exercise. We just can’t seem to get it right. But in some cases, the wrong amount of exercise actually means too much! Excessive amounts of exercise can actually be bad for your health. But how do you know if you’re overdoing it? What exactly constitutes too much? If you think you may be at risk for too much exercise, take a look at this quick guide to get you back on track.

Signs of Excessive Exercise

If you’re getting a bit too much exercise, there will actually be some signs that show up in your life. A few things that you may experience include: decreased performance, a fast resting heart rate, excessive fatigue, insomnia, moodiness, and many others. The signs often show up slowly over time, so they’re easy to dismiss for other reasons. If you’ve been working out much harder than normal, and you notice a change in your mental or physical health, it may be time to take a step back and rest.

Why Is It Bad?

While exercise brings a ton of healthy benefits into your life, all of the side effects associated with over-exercise are negative. Weight loss can be good … until it’s excessive. Fatigue after a workout is OK … until it won’t go away. When we overextend ourselves, these negative side effects don’t subside until we give our bodies some rest. This means that health can’t and won’t improve until we get exercise habits under control and allow for some self healing.

How to Find Balance

The problem with exercising too much is that it’s often an issue with mental health. We exercise, lose weight, feel better about ourselves, and so we keep doing it. When life gets difficult or we hit a low spot, we repeat the cycle. Pretty soon, we’re constantly working out in order to feel a bit of control and success in our chaotic lives. So how do we find balance? It might be a good idea to talk to a professional. A counselor may be able to help you step back, take some control over our actions, and set up a healthier exercise schedule. You can also meet with a personal trainer to help develop a workout routine that meets your needs without going overboard.

As it turns out, it is possible to exercise too much. And if you’re in this category, you may be harming your health. Do your best to balance your exercise habits with your life, and your health -- both mental and physical -- will be far better off as a result.

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

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