Thursday, July 9, 2009

Too Much Exercise?

Too Much Exerciseby Jennifer May, M.S., R.D., M.S.

Exercising provides wonderful health and wellbeing benefits. But what happens when you over-exercise? How do you know when you're getting too much exercise?

There are varying degrees of overtraining and exercise addiction. For some it may mean running or cycling for miles at dawn, while for others its compulsive daily gym workouts. Some seek the high from certain exercise-related hormones, others feel they have never done enough in their workout and push themselves harder and harder. And some unknowingly may not be giving themselves enough of a break between workouts.

I think this is a topic people should be aware of, but don't use it as a excuse not to try a healthy life of exerice.

1 comment:

  1. If weight loss is your goal and you are engaging in lengthy exercise sessions to "burn calories" you are definitely working out too much.

    The goal of your workout sessions should be to increase your metabolism not to burn calories. And the best way to do this is by doing short sessions (10 minutes works!) of interval training.