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How much exercise is too much?

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Last Updated: 12/30/2020 at 2:45am
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November 19th, 2016 8:02pm
I don't think anyone can tell someone else what too much is for them - but if it interferes with other parts of your life - then maybe it's worth taking a look at.
November 23rd, 2016 3:52pm
that all depends on your body, and on how much and how well you eat and rest. as a general rule when I have a minor injury after excercise I use this: If I have a little pain while exercising that's okay, but the pain should not increase the longer I go on and when I stop the exercise the pain should quickly dissapear. Listen to your body; are you tired a lot? then allow your body more rest. Do you feel ready for your next training? then you probably are. Keep in mind it's a lot better to skip a training then it is to train when your body is in need of rest and healing.
November 24th, 2016 4:17pm
You have to at least have one day of rest, but even on the day of rest, you can exercise a little bit if you want to (such as walking), and if you have exercised and you are sore, that's actually a good thing, you just need to take it easy a bit until you feel better. Sometimes when I exercise, I feel like both of my ankles are broken because they hurt so bad, but it usually goes away in a few days, and it only happens when I am a little out of shape. If you are drinking enough water and eating enough, you probably can't exercise too much.
November 26th, 2016 8:51am
When we start feeling fatigue instead of feeling fit. Execrise should make someone feel better, if you don't feel good after doing it perhaps you are doing it wrong or too much.
December 11th, 2016 9:34pm
I think this is very much an individual experience. A few questions to consider. What type of exercise are you doing? a variety? High intensity? How often? Is the exercise having a positive or detrimental impact on your physical body? injuries? stiffness? fatigue? or feeling more energised, flexible, greater fitness, increased positive mental health and positive feelings of esteem? consider these questions and listen to your body and you will know what is too much for you. All the best :)
December 16th, 2016 5:15pm
Your doctor knows the best answer to this question for you. If you are losing weight too fast or have muscle injuries, you may be exercising too much. Talk to your doctor about a healthy exercise routine for your body. Everyone is different with limitations!
January 8th, 2017 1:22am
Most often, your body will tell you when it's becoming too much. If you're beginning to feel any sort of pain or uncomfortable feelings that weren't there before, it's time to stop! Too much exercise can cause injuries, which don't sound all that bad until you have one that takes you out of an activity for an extended period of time (even forever!). To help your body stay in peak condition for exercising, studies have shown that staying well-hydrated, non-hungry (but not too full either!), and making sure to stretch all help prevent injuries.
January 8th, 2017 8:15am
If you think you are overexercising, then most likely you already are. Sometimes, you can tell just by how you feel mentally. If you are dreading your workout or if you are struggling to continue because of how drained you are, then there is a chance that you really are pushing yourself too hard. You start thinking about how many miles you have to finish and how many reps you NEED to do, but you keep pushing yourself past your breaking point anyway. You can also tell by how physically fatigued you feel when you are working out. Your legs may feel like lead, and your body feels run down. If you feel actual pain, it's much better to call it quits than to stay on the sidelines because of an injury! I have made this mistake several times until I literally was not able to continue my workouts for weeks due to how much pain I was in. If you think you are overexercising, then it's time that you take a step back and give yourself a break. It is easier said than done, but we all need time to recover from a good workout session. That's the only way that we can get stronger from our workouts.
February 4th, 2017 9:52pm
The amount of exercise people need is different for everyone. If you are in a sport, you probably exercise a lot more than the average person, and that's OK! If your exercise habits are preventing you from doing other things in your life or you feel unhealthy, you should cut down on your exercise time.
March 5th, 2017 11:22am
Your body is best judge regarding this, at a time, when you started to feel exhausted, and in severe cases little pain in any muscle, it signals a halt to exercise, don't wait that to happen,,follow your own strength or capacity.
March 15th, 2017 2:23pm
You need at least one or more rest days when you're working out / exercising. Do not work on muscles every day, ration them out and work on them properly. It's not about how fast you can do it, it's how effective you do it. Take your time, work up a good pace for yourself and just eat healthy and exercise regularly and you won't be feeling dead beat tired or even possibly pulling muscles.
March 17th, 2017 6:48pm
Exercise becomes too much when your struggling to breathe and cannot perform the exercises how they are supposed to be performed - rendering them useless
April 2nd, 2017 1:01am
Too much exercise exists when we exercise to point that the net result is we are harming our bodies more than building up our bodies. If we cannot meet other life priorities because of above average time spent exercising that would also most likely indicate excess exercise. The purpose of exercise is to improve health and lifestyle. If above average exercise is not promoting these purposes one is probably exercising too much.
May 28th, 2017 4:09am
When one starts working out for the first time and their body isn't used to it, it's very easy to go overboard and do too much too soon, which can hurt your joints and tendons, especially if performed incorrectly. Beyond the starting phase, one should make sure to give their body enough time to recover from one workout before they train the same body part again. An easy way to check if your body has completely recovered is seeing if you can perform at least as many sets and reps as the last time you trained the same body part. If that isn't the case, chances are you could have used more rest. Ideally, you want to see your numbers go up with following workouts, not stall or go down.
June 25th, 2017 8:29pm
This is a challenge for so many because we associate exercise with a healthy lifestyle and people often think the more the better. I exercise about 3-5 days a week and find that resting in between days often makes me feel stronger when I return. From a physiological standpoint, when your body feels beat down or your muscles are extremely sore it is probably a good idea to cut back. Remember, exercise is supposed to make you feel stronger! From a psychological standpoint, if you are canceling obligations or seeing friends or family less to make time for additional exercise, it is also probably a good idea to check your time spend in the gym. Exercise is important for our health but that does not mean it should take priority over our mental health. Overall, it seems that too much exercise depends on the person and that when it causes more damage (to your body or mental functioning) it is time to consider cutting back.
June 28th, 2017 10:48pm
Too much exercise is when it affects your wellbeing. You also experience fatigue and pain. This is not the same as after normally working out.
July 6th, 2017 8:07pm
Exercise is too much the second it appears in your life more importantly than your own health and happiness.
July 23rd, 2017 12:29am
Every person is different, depending on your goals, body, medical history and other personal variables You should always talk to doctor about your exercise regimen before you begin. And, make sure you eat right and stay hydrated.
July 27th, 2017 12:44am
This is a tough question to answer generically. But there are two components: 1) mental and 2) physical. If you are becoming mentally exhausted and bored, it's probably time to change up your routine. If you are becoming physically exhausted, then it's probably time to scale back a bit or take some time off.
August 11th, 2017 6:34pm
Each person is different. Our body are the only one that can tell us when it is too much. No rules for everyone in general.
August 18th, 2017 4:39pm
It depends on your health and natural endurance. Some people exercise an hour everyday others more others less. Have you consider a good personal trainer?
September 6th, 2017 11:02am
As with anything, moderation is key. For each person, there is a different limit. However, you should be able to retain proper form in whatever exercise you do without being exhausted. Your body has many ways to tell you that enough is enough - listen to it! :)
October 9th, 2017 8:49pm
When you are physically weak, or cannot cope with daily life anymore, without the feeling of exhaustion or light-headedness. The best thing to do is stop when you are ahead - do not push yourself to the extremes.
October 22nd, 2017 8:42am
If you start to injure yourself as a result of exercising and not giving your body adequate time to recover, that's a sign that you are exercising way too much or hard. This is bad as it may suppress your immune system while your body deals with fatigue and inadequate muscles, taking the energy which is needed for your immune system to function properly in order to repair your overworked muscles. Exercising too much can also present itself as a slower resting heart rate, insomnia, lethargy and fatigue, as well as deteriorating physical performance.
November 4th, 2017 1:40pm
Exercise is generally a healthy activity. The point at which it becomes 'too much' is when it does more harm than good, causing distress or affecting functioning. An example of this could be exercising to the point of injury, or even continuing to exercise while injured and exacerbating the injury! Another example is when exercising affects your functioning in other areas of life, like if you neglect your responsibilities (work, relationships, school etc) in order to exercise. While this is uncommon, remember to have rest days to recuperate when you exercise!
November 9th, 2017 12:38pm
When you're finding that you're injuring yourself and exhausted because your body is not having enough time to recover between workouts, this is generally a sign that you are doing too much exercise
November 15th, 2017 3:23am
Too much exercise would be when you work off way too many calories (an excessive amount more than you eat), and when you keep exercising after drastic fatigue. If you are in pain, you should rest. A generic exercise plan is 30 min a day, with one day off. (Although this can change between people).
November 22nd, 2017 3:26am
This is not a question that 7 cups should really answer! This is one only an expert can, but it really depends on your body; why you're exercising and what you're trying to achieve. Are you exercising because it's your way of coping, or are you exercising so that you can get a gold medal? Do you feel good at the end of your workout, or are you so exhausted you can't stand? Are you eating nutritious food to help your body, or just a random snack here and there? Have a chat to your GP about what works for you.
November 30th, 2017 10:50pm
It depends on your body. The best way to answer this question would to be to ask a professional after giving you a personal evaluation.
December 8th, 2017 2:25am
If you're hurting yourself physically or it's taking a toll on your mental health, sleep, or ability to socialise, then it may be too much or you may need to talk to a doctor to find ways to modify or reduce your regimen.