To keep a healthy body, dieting and eating healthy food is not enough. You need exercise to work out all the muscles in your body and to achieve weight loss, weight maintenance, and body tone. Exercise is important for people of all ages to improve your health and at times, heal your body as well. For children, play time and games can be a great exercise for them as they develop their bone strength and immunity to illnesses. For adults, exercise means regular physical activity or going to the gym.
However, like most things, too much of a good thing can be bad. Too much exercise can affect not just your body negatively, but as well as your mental health, your social activities and other aspects of your life.
There are many symptoms of over exercising.
- Working out in the gym for more than 3 hours in a day is not normal especially if you exercise every day.
- Being obsessed with exercise and constantly thinking how to improve your routine or researching beyond what you need is a sign that you may be over exercising.
- If you feel something or someone is interfering with your exercise schedule, you tend to go against that thing or person.
- Being obsessed with the outcome of your exercise such as lost inches on your waist or burned calories now becomes more important than feeling generally healthy.
Exercise is meant to keep you fit and healthy, but over exercising can bring about these unwanted physical effects.
- Muscle injuries occur more often and you become overly fatigued or even dizzy during your workout
- Coordination of your body becomes an issue, resulting in cramps and muscle injuries
- When having an injury from exercise, healing takes now a lot longer than it used to
- Your blood pressure appears to be higher even when you are resting compared to your blood pressure from before you started your exercising habit
- Loss of appetite may be experienced as well. With lost appetite, your food intake is not enough to compensate for the exercise that you do, wearing your muscles out easily. Inadequate food intake results in more frequent injury and recovery takes a lot longer.
These effects are inter-related with each other but the cause remains the same – over exercising. The key here is moderation. Just like any other activity, moderation should be practiced to get optimum results. Your body needs time to heal and recover from exercise sessions and too much exercise will wear your body down instead.
Keeping healthy through exercise is just one aspect of your life. While at first you have very valid reasons to stay at the gym such as weight loss, improving muscle tone, or simply living healthy, keeping these objectives and purposes in mind will help you stay away from over exercising. Exercise should not take a forefront in your life. Instead, exercise should be there so you can perform and keep all other aspects of your life healthy such as work, family, and friends.