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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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January 10th, 2018 3:03pm
Too much exercise is identified by having a negative impact on your health. You exercise for your both physical and mental health.
February 4th, 2018 1:41am
Working out every single day is too much. I know it can be tempting in this society. Wanting the perfect body. But our bodies need time to recover. At least give yourself a day off, maybe even two.
February 15th, 2018 5:48am
Depends on your goals and diet plan. Generally, 18-30 minutes of mild-high intensity workout 4-5 days a week is the best way to go.
February 15th, 2018 5:50am
If you never have a rest day, if you are beginning to feel exhausted after your workouts instead of energized, if your numbers are declining instead of increasing, if it begins interfering with your sleep, if you are constantly sore... are all signs of over-training. Listen to your body!
February 15th, 2018 9:09pm
The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. You should also be careful not to overexert your body to the point of injuring yourself. Pain and inflammation are signs of muscle tearing, not muscle growth. Talk to your physician if you are concerned about what exercises and how much exercise you should be doing.
February 22nd, 2018 5:00am
Exercise is a great way to feel happy because it enhances your self-esteem, but make sure you take the right steps prior exersice such as streaching and communicate to your body, know when to stop.
February 22nd, 2018 3:53pm
If you’re in pain and hurting yourself than maybe take a break. If you’re a body builder and going to a competition ask yourself is it worth it? And if is personal exercise and you’re neglecting others and other task than it may be too much. Balance is the key set up a goal after reaching it take a break and enjoy your achievement.
February 24th, 2018 5:21am
That's for you to decide; how much exercise do you think you can handle? How much exercise is too much for you?
March 2nd, 2018 2:28pm
When you are exercising because you have eaten what you think is too much or because feel guilty if you don't exercise. When your body is tired but you still push yourself to exercise - because something is telling you. No pain no gain.
March 4th, 2018 4:46am
Too much excerise, would be when you feel dizzy, having the urge to faint after you realize your limitations and continuing to force yourself to do it even when it's wrong.
April 1st, 2018 4:36pm
I dont think you can go by time, but your body will surely tell you when you have had too much. You will notice your strength decrease, your heart rate will go to high, you can lose your appetite, have insomnia and so many other things. The best thing to do is to talk to your doctor and trainer who can help you find what is right for you : )
April 4th, 2018 6:19am
Too much exercise is the point where your entire life is revolving around it. Meaning time you spent with friends are now used on working out.
April 11th, 2018 9:41pm
If your body begins to ache on a daily basis or you start to fall sick try to take a break for a day
April 13th, 2018 12:29am
If you injure yourself, put strain on your body, cause stress to yourself and/or those around you, or you find yourself exercising impulsively then you may be exercising too much.
April 17th, 2018 11:07pm
Before starting a new exercise regime it is always best to consult with your GP doctor, they will tell you how much you can safely do
April 22nd, 2018 4:13am
Its safe to say that if you work far beyond what your body is used to for a fair amount of time. Or, if you burn off too many calories and don't get the daily amount you need. For example, let us use me as a case study. I wanted to go on an exercise heavy diet that required me burning off 1000 calories a day from Cardio. I crashed and burned after a week. I physically could not handle it because I did not have the energy and my body wasn't accustomed to the rigorous routine.
May 2nd, 2018 9:04am
Too much is : More than 2 hours per exercise, more than 5 days a week. Otherwise you'll reach the burnout and your body will be like, eating itself. Rest is very essential for muscle recovery and building.
May 9th, 2018 10:01pm
bending over and puking after a workout under normal circumstances other than the fact that you exercised too much
May 11th, 2018 6:55pm
everyone has a different body, how much is too much is when you start to feel strains in different parts of the body. other reasons that it's too much exercise is you can't catch your breath or your body is shaking.
May 24th, 2018 10:29pm
It depends on how much you eat and how much you weigh. If you eat a lot, it lots of exercise should be ok, if you eat a medium amount, than some exercise is good but not consistently moving, if you eat little to nothing, little exercise should be good. If you weigh over the average amount of your age then the same thing with eating a lot, but if you’re underweight, than you may want to stop exercising too much.
May 30th, 2018 6:25pm
You should always stay true to yourself and however much exercising is good for you, make sure not to overdo it as it is damaging for health. I'd say over 2 hours a day is definately too much. But make sure your getting atleast 30minutes minimum!
June 2nd, 2018 1:29am
Exercising with unhealthy intentions, or to the point where your feel it is interfering with your daily life, is likely too much.
June 13th, 2018 8:10am
when you start to feel dizzy or in short breath... it is better to stop the core exercise and move to cooling down. the dizziness is a warning of your body capability :D
June 14th, 2018 3:43pm
Any exercise in moderation which will help your overall well being, give you the required rest and keep you fit.
June 22nd, 2018 1:28am
Physical activities are very important for health, to stay balanced in the body and in the mind. Of course they require energies and time. There are also cases when too much exercise, or extreme sports, can damage one's health in the long term. I think the amount really depends on the person, but you can ask yourself: do I benefit from this in the long run? Or I am neglecting other things that might be valuable? It can be difficult to find the right balance, but we should do our best thinking in those terms, and taking into account our and other people's experiences.
June 24th, 2018 10:17am
First of all, what are your goals are? What are you trying to achieve? Exercise creates tiny tears in muscle fiber, and when given a chance to heal, the fibers build up, so quality > quantity. Do your research and plan every week according to your goals. Good luck!
June 28th, 2018 3:04am
You should never continue exercise when you feel any concerning pain or discomfort. You should never exercise to the point where you are hurting.
July 4th, 2018 4:50pm
Coming from an Exercise Science major, "too much exercise" is strictly case-by-case. Meaning you need to know what your own body can handle. Typical recommendations is at least 30 minutes 3-5 times a week. Of course you can do more but it's important to remember to maintain a healthy balance. And to always replenish what you lost.
July 19th, 2018 5:30pm
When physical pain holds you back overdoing it . But exercise is good for wellbeing and mental health
July 19th, 2018 7:18pm
When your body hurts you more than normal . You have to ask a doctor about the perfect amount of exercise for you