3/05/2013

HELP! I’M AN EXERCISE JUNKIE: ADDICTED TO EXERCISE?


Now we all know the saying that too much of everything is not good. This also goes for exercising. Too much exercising is just as bad as too little or no exercising. “Why?” you may ask, “I thought exercise was good for me.” Yes, exercise is good for you, but there are negative effects of over-training the body. 

Whenever you exercise the body, it is important that your body recovers. When the body does not recover, continuous exercising may then result in loss of strength and low productivity. The negative effects of over-training may be physical or emotional. Some symptoms of over-training include:
  • Drastic loss of weight: there is a huge difference in losing weight from regular exercising and losing weight due to over-training which leaves you looking starved, sick or drained. 
  • Increased risk of injury. 
  • Weakened immune system, thereby increasing susceptibility to infections. 
  • Increased fatigue 
  • Depression 
  • Insomnia 
Where over-training cannot be avoided, for example if you are marathoner, or bodybuilder, then attention should be paid to other areas, e.g. proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, and avoiding unnecessary stress induced activities. 

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