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Too Much of a Good Thing: The Effects of overexercising - Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic
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Exercise is believed to be good for your health and wellbeing, and you have heard it so many times – over and over – Calories in and calories out!

This is the mantra to many weight loss programs.

While some of these programs do genuinely work, like most things in life, going overboard will cause more harm than good.

In our technologically driven culture, a lot of people don’t get their required regular exercise.

No need to go to the post office when you can quickly send an email in your phone.

No need to commute two hours for a meeting when you can schedule a teleconference right at home.

It comes as no surprise that physical inactivity is linked to higher risk of acquiring diseases like type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and certain types of Cancer.

How do people try to counter lack of exercise?

Usually by putting on a jogging suit and running lapses, or stopping over at the gym when they can squeeze in a couple of hours after work.

Making it a habit to move your body is a healthy practice.

 

Benefits of Cardio Exercise

Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate and it is important to get your heart pumping to stay healthy.

Cardio workouts are an effective way to lose weight and feel healthier.

Some of the other benefits of a Cardio workout are:

  • Strong Heart;
  • Reduced stress;
  • Improved Sleep;
  • Increased bone density;
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer;
  • Temporary relief from Depression and Anxiety, and
  • Improved Confidence in how you feel and look.

 

When Too Much Cardio Is Bad for You

When you stress over doing cardio exercises often, do you ever ask that maybe, just maybe, you’re doing more cardio exercises than what is healthy for you? 

Fitness and fat loss expert, Shin Ohtake, who authored the book MAX Workouts, disclosed the interesting fact that frequent long sessions of cardio workout can cause a lot of pain and injuries.

Based on scientific research that probably opposes everything you know about health and fitness.

In his video, he presented the worst mistakes that people make and the misguided belief that longer cardio workouts can burn fat and be healthy.

Here are the pieces of truth when you overdose on cardio workout:

  1. Your muscles breakdown when you do cardio workout frequently on long sessions.
  2. Free radicals responsible for damaging cells in your body increase production
  3. You age faster as your cells begin to break and get damaged.
  4. You’ll suffer achy joints and possibly injuries.
  5. You can potentially gain weight.

Cited in the British Medical Journal, a German research published in the journal Heartfound that patients with heart disease are at high risk to die by heart attack or stroke when they do too much exercise that involves high intensity workouts.

The research findings are affirmed by Swedish researchers in a similar study published in the same journal suggesting that young men are likely to develop irregular heart rhythm as they age if they are doing endurance exercises over five hours a week.

 

What Is a Good Measure for a Healthy Cardio Exercise?

The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians released the recommendation to carry out moderate exercise on a regular basis, which suggests a 30-minute minimum activity.

Walking is accepted as a moderate physical activity if you intend to exercise most days of the week.

Be aware however, when you are starting to breathe heavily with difficulty talking while doing your exercise, it signals that you are overdoing your physical activity.

The bad effects of cardio exercise on your health entirely depends on how you perform your exercise.

Adding strength training to your exercise routine will provide variety to avoid overuse injuries which are common with cardio-only routines.

Strength training also turns fat to muscle which will boost your resting metabolic rate.

Your body will thank you for a slower strength training session which will be less of a stressor than constant cardio training.

If you are struggling with over-exercising, bigorexia or weight loss and need sustainable lifestyle solutions that promote genuine health, get in touch with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic.

Sometimes it takes someone outside of your situation to help you turn your focus towards your goals filled with balance, happiness and health.