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How much exercise is too much?

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July 21st, 2018 2:06am
I believe you cannot exercise too much, as long as you’re eating enough and feel good and not too worn out.
July 22nd, 2018 4:58pm
If you exercise more than you're able, you wont be able to recover fully in 30 minutes. Try to limit the amount that you do and be happy, even if you don't change immediately. It's one brick at a time.
July 25th, 2018 9:16am
When you feel persistent fatigue after exercising, it might be a sign of over-exercising. Also, an increased elevated heart rate is also a sign of excessive exercise.
July 28th, 2018 12:45pm
When you're driven to the point of complete exhaustion for reasons other than your own health and mental safety.
August 3rd, 2018 7:55pm
This is a very subjective answer. Everything is good in moderation is the saying, but at the same time there can be such a thing. So long as this is not impacting your life in a negative way I do not think there is an actual answer.
August 12th, 2018 7:16pm
It differs between people. However if you're exercising to the point of exhaustion or to the point you loose motivation then stop. Most people only need an hour a day.
August 30th, 2018 2:12am
The truth is that there is no hard number for the amount of time that counts as excessive; every individual body is different, and the best way to judge if you're doing too much exercise is to listen to your body. A little muscle soreness isn't necessarily bad, but if you're in constant pain or having trouble doing daily activities like walking or raising your arms, that's a sign that you're probably exercising too much and should ease up on your workouts. Other signs of excessive exercise include feeling constantly tired or tire out more easily than usual (a healthy exercise routine should give you energy, not drain it), losing weight very quickly, especially if it's not intentional, and if your mental health is suffering from trying to keep up your exercise routine (if you feel compelled to exercise, for example, or if you feel like other areas of your life like your job, schoolwork or social life are suffering because you're always exercising). Listen to your body and mind, and they will tell you how much is too much.
October 30th, 2018 9:06pm
Anything in excess can damage you mentally and physically. This is really a question for a doctor. You have to know what your body is capable of. Consult a physician before starting a workout routine. That being said exercise can help you in almost every aspect of your life. You must be at peace in your mind your body and your soul. Once this is achieved you will find balance which will lead to love and happiness within yourself and within those who are around you. Sounds difficult? It's not as hard as it sounds. Good luck to you
December 6th, 2018 5:49pm
I believe that there is a fine line between getting "swole" and hurting your body. If you look at most bodybuilders, you see mountains upon mountains of muscle. While most people see these behemoths as something to look towards and strive to, most don't see the sacrifices that are made. I myself take part in a strenuous weight lifting plan, and I benefit greatly from it. But I know when enough is enough. If you feel severe pain when lifting or running, it's your body telling you to stop. I'm sure we've all heard "no pain, no gain." But in all actuality, it's often the opposite. If there is a pain, there is no gain. Your body is telling you that you've done enough. Listen to your body.
January 13th, 2019 9:04pm
This is quite hard to define, as it in my eyes also depends on your health. Some people exercise every day, some a few times a week. You should always listen to your body when it shows signs of exhaustion or over-working. Atleast try not to do it more than twice a day every week (this is close to an extreme maximum), especially if you arent a top-athlete.
January 24th, 2019 10:13pm
It depends on what your age and weight and bmi is. It also depends your limitations and if you have any dissbility or not... it also is about if you are lazy and it depends how how tired you get you should not get in to the habit of doing it every day espec the same muscle you should not do it every day
February 10th, 2019 3:30am
This question should be addressed by a doctor. There is no magic number for the amount of exercise. That being said are signs that your body gives when there is too much stress on the body. Feeling light headed for example should be an indicator that your body has had enough. It has been said that 120 minutes of activity per week is important for overall health. Again I would talk to a doctor about what is best for you, ask everyone has different goals, history and health.
February 27th, 2019 4:24am
Exercise can be very good and healthy for someone but like everything, it needs to be done in moderation. If you find yourself tired enough to pass out, you've probably done too much. You should challenge yourself to the point where it's a little out of your comfort zone but not too strenuous. While exercising, stay hydrated and take breaks as needed. About 150 minutes of exercise a week tends to be good for most people. This number is not set in stone but is a good place to be. You should take into consideration how much you eat and your weight when you work out. If you are underweight don't work out excessively. This could be harmful to you.
June 8th, 2019 4:39pm
Too much exercise is when your body becomes tired and is simply unable to recover due to how there is a lot of strain. Your central nervous system becomes extremely fatigued and attacked, therefore important things, like sleep can become disrupted and compromised. Too much exercise is when you are sore all the time, to the point that the pain is no longer soreness but rather achy pains. These achy pains could indicate a significant amount of tears in your muscles that have not yet healed and that increases your risk of getting an injury, and it also defeats the point of wanting to get stronger and healthier. In order to get stronger these muscle tears need to have sufficient time to heal and adapt to a higher load and volume of exercise. Other indicators of too much exercise include an oddly fast resting heart rate, consistent mental and physical fatigue, and trouble sleeping and excessive dehydration. I think if you are experiencing these symptoms, you should take a step back and see why you are exercising too much. What are you trying to hide/ escape from? There is always going to be an underlying cause for this unhealthy habit.
July 11th, 2019 8:43pm
It differs from person to person. Listen to your body during a session. A healthy workout starts with a warm up to get the blood pumping and warming up the muscles so you dont injure them. In this time you can do things like running, high knees, arm circles, and then stretch. Then you can do cardio for 30-60 minutes and I usually do strength exercises/weight lifting for about an hour to two hours (which might be too much for a beginner), and then I either practice Capoeira (a martial art that takes a lot of energy) and/or hop on the treadmill or elliptical machine. My workouts usually span from an hour to three hours and I train (a word for physical exercise) 2-4 days a week. Something to know is, you might only be able to do a very intense workout once a week, dont think in all or nothing just do what you can it is exactly what your body mind & soul needs.
August 16th, 2019 2:15pm
To almost anything, when it disturbs your daily life and friendships deeply, it's probably too much. Also if you find yourself injured most of the time, it's most likely a clear indication of over training and going too far. Less is more. Muscle is built while resting, not while working out. Yes you need to break down the muscle to a certain degree with training, but if you don't let it repair itself, your muscles won't grow or gain strength. Same with skill based things. They're engraved in your brain while you rest. If you don't let your brain rest it won't have time to recover and go over the things you did. All athletes have at least one rest day during the week when they let their body recover and do basically nothing. Don't be afraid of losing gains, because this is when the muscles actually build on themselves and make you stronger. To contrary also too much rest isn't good. It's about finding the balance. Not too much exercise but not too much rest!
September 6th, 2019 9:37pm
Exercise can be too much when you find it taking over your life or becoming overwhelming for you. If you are doing anything obsessively or compulsively, it can be bad for your health. If you are burning more calories than you need and losing weight too fast, this can be a sign that you’re exercising too much. If you are feeling lightheaded and weak during your workouts, lower the intensity and duration of them. Too much exercise can strain your muscles and heart, so it’s best to do it in moderation, especially if you’re new to exercising regularly. Only do as much exercise as your body is ready for.
November 17th, 2019 8:39pm
You don't want to overwork yourself to the point in which it's unhealthy. I know that the desire for the dream body is tempting but your body needs time to fully heal. I would say that if you're using weights at the gym, try to only use them every other day or else you could seriously hurt yourself. Maybe on the days in between you could do some cardio at the gym or around your neighborhood instead. With running though, it isn't healthy to be sprinting daily so just remember that. It's healthy to have a daily conditioning routine and stretch afterwards. You also need to make sure your eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking loads of water if you are exercising on the daily. Always know that getting in shape takes some time and that one should't force themselves to be at the level of a professional athlete in a week or two; as long as your patient you will achieve your dreams.
December 21st, 2019 5:41pm
Exercise is empowering for some people, but a necessity or chore for others. One might not be able to recognize that they are over-doing it due to a number of reasons,be it because they are passionate about exercising or desperate to look/ feel good. At the point when the amount of exercise you do leaves you physically/mentally tired, begins isolating you from your family/friends (you turn down plans, don't talk to them), or at the point where it has an unhealthy effect on your body - such as exercising despite an injury or to the point of having no fat at all, looking frail, feeling weak. Too much of a good thing is not good at all.
January 19th, 2020 3:35pm
When you feel your body starts to hurt.the researchers found that 50 percent of athletes who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging displayed signs of the tricky-to-detect hardening of heart cells. This hardening of heart cells may play a role in precipitating sudden cardiac arrest or, at the very least, induce an irregular heartbeat. And while runners who log between .15 and 15 miles per week (a wide range, indeed) benefit from an estimated 19 percent reduction in mortality rates, those who consistently surpass 25 weekly miles have a risk of death compared to those who don’t exercise.
January 24th, 2020 7:19am
It depends on individual. If you are healthy, haven't got any medical restraints for exercising, exercise regularly, you can endure very much exercise and it can hardly be too much. Some people are even capable of running marathon for which not everyone is suited even though they are healthy. So, it is very hard to tell how much exercise is too much for someone who is healthy. But if you have got any conditions which medically restraint you, your doctor can tell you how much exercise and how vigorous exercise and which kind of exercise is suitable for you.
February 9th, 2020 8:33pm
In my experience, it's how you feel a day or two after you exercise that will determine if it's too much. I know it's a strange answer, but I feel like it comes down to your awareness when you are doing the exercises and activities that you do. Sometimes, I push myself too much—often because I’m in a group class, and there’s peer pressure; or I want to impress someone in the group (or the instructor). And then I feel the consequences of my actions of not listening to my own body. Another indication that you’re working out too much if you feel really fatigued, or worse, you get sick. That’s your body saying, “Hey, Listen.”
February 28th, 2020 3:10pm
Exercise is neither like doing whole day nor it is like doing one day you are doing it and the very next day you are doing rest. Exercise vary from body to body person to person also it depends on our strength. For example a person with normal body can do normal exercise or can walk on treadmill its enough for him . A person who is having medical history with little fat on needs a lot of exercise of every body. Person with old age needs to do light weight exercise. There are no. Of exercise like doing exercise in gym or like doing exercise at home . But best exercise is running . If you want to have a fit body then running is best. You can do running for 15 mins a day and its enough .
March 20th, 2020 6:55pm
If you feel like you're pushing yourself and it's motivating you, I don't think it's too much. If you feel like you're suffering, it's likely too much for your body. When you finish a workout, I feel like you should feel energized. If you're feeling wiped out for the rest of the day because you just have nothing left in you, it's likely too much for your body. Exercise should be something that you enjoy, or are at least glad that you've done it once you're finished. No one should feel like it's a punishment or be extremely hard on themselves for skipping a workout. That would be too much. Exercise is a great way to celebrate the way that your body can move. It's very individual.
March 20th, 2020 9:56pm
Too much exercise can be exhibited both physically and socially. If you're physically exhausted to the point that you're unable to complete other physical tasks, you might be overdoing. Socially, if exercise is preventing you from enjoying family gathering or other events, you might be overdoing it. I was a personal trainer and strength coach for ~3 years and still active train and compete as a powerlifter. My general recommendation is to exercise at least 3-5 times a week depending on your goals (and time). If you're exercising more than 5 times a week (2-3 hours per session) than it would likely be because it's part of your career or if you intend to compete in a sport.
March 22nd, 2020 7:29pm
Every body is different and no one can tell you what is best for your body. Exercise is a great stress relief tool. As long as you are letting your body rest and not pushing yourself to the point of injury or exhaustion, you should feel free to do as much exercise as you desire. With that, having adequate nutrition is important to ensure your body can withstand the stress being put on it during exercise. Again, each body is different and you should always listen to your body to find out your specific needs and how to best meet those.
March 25th, 2020 4:29pm
You can never exercise too much. You can however over exercise in some exercises you are doing. Focusing on one particular part of the body can be harmful as you are not balancing the exercise. Continuing on with this practice can lead to some parts of the body becoming too reliant on other muscles to do the work for them. Having a personal program and planning your workouts can help us not to overcompensate in these areas. The feelings of being unbalanced and lop sided will only last a day or two though. Our muscles can repair at a very good rate if looked after properly.
April 3rd, 2020 5:30am
Exercise becomes too much, when you start to force your body to hold on, even when you know it needs to rest. Exercise becomes too much, when you don't enjoy the activity anymore, when you do it because you feel pressure coming from some area of your life (for example when you feel pressured by society to look fit). Everybody is different and limits are different for every person. That is why non of us here can really tell you, how much exercise is too much. You know yourself best, so the only person who can really define how much exercise is too much is you. Take a moment and analyze how you feel, how your body feels, if you realize it is tired, give it some time to rest. As long as your body can take it and it makes you happy, exercise is good. But remember to take care of yourself, your body and your mind!
April 9th, 2020 7:37am
Overexercising can be harmful to your body. Some symptoms are being unable to perform at the same level, needing longer rest periods, feeling tired or depressed, and having mood swings / being irritable. Other signs of overexercise can be trouble sleeping, losing motivation, or having sore muscles for much longer than usual. Overexercising is dangerous because there is a higher risk of injury. You can avoid overdoing workouts by eating enough calories for your level of activity, drinking enough water when exercising, decreasing workouts before a competition, sleeping at least 8 hours each night, and cutting back on exercise when you don't feel well or feel stressed. It is also recommended to avoid exercising in extreme heat or cold, and to rest for at least 6 hours between workouts.
April 17th, 2020 2:34am
The Center for Disease Control , or CDC, recommends that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 mins of intense activity per week. Now, personally, being an athlete myself, I go for way more beyond that. I usually get around 50-60 minutes of activity every day for six days. That's around normal range. I guess it really just depends on how much you're exercising for. Losing weight? Take it easy. You can't lose weight unless you have proper nutrition as well. For sport? It's good if you're getting alot of exercise, but anything that might increase the risk of injury or change of lifestyles (for example, more tired throughout the day) may not be too good for you. This really just depends on the person so make sure you are getting the most adequate exercise needed for your body, safely.