Making sure that you get regular physical activity is an important part of maintaining good health, but how much is too much? You might be surprised to learn that it’s possible to work out too much, although you shouldn't let that stop you from exercising on a regular basis. Find out more about how much exercise you should be getting for a healthy body.
Importance of Physical Activity
Being active on a daily basis helps prevent excessive weight gain, which lowers your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems. Exercise can also boost your mood and improve your emotional well-being while also helping you stay physically healthy. While there’s no doubt that exercise is good for you, most people don’t get as much physical activity as they should. However, it’s possible to overdo it and get too much exercise, which could affect your physical and emotional well-being.
How Much is Too Much?
How much physical activity is too much? The answer to this varies from one individual to the next. There’s no set amount of exercise that counts as too much for everyone since this depends on factors such as your goals and your overall fitness level. If you’re exercising and feeling good both physically and emotionally, this means that you’re getting the right amount.
When are You Getting Too Much Exercise?
How do you know if you’ve been working out more than you should? The best way for you to determine this is by listening closely to your body. Watch for signs that you’re getting too much exercise and need more rest. These signs can include not sleeping well at night. For example, you might feel restless, wake up often during the night or have trouble falling asleep if you’ve been exercising too much.
Too much exercise can also affect your mood. When you do too much, you might feel worse emotionally and experience higher levels of stress. You might decide to skip appointments or even miss work in order to make sure that you’re working out. Keep in mind that too much exercise also often means that you’re not taking enough time to rest or let your body recover from working out. Women who don’t eat enough and do too much exercise are at risk of having amenorrhea, which means going with no menstrual cycle for at least a few months. This condition can increase the risk of developing low bone mass, which leads to a higher risk of fractures.
What to Do
If you’ve been working out too much, you should slow down and plan on taking rest days, so that you can recover both physically and mentally. You might also try meditating to lower stress and replace one or two days of more intense activities with calmer ones, such as yoga or stretches.
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