When Workouts Do More Harm Than Good

      April 25, 2016 11:47

      Many people believe that when it comes to exercise, more is always better. But exercising more does not necessarily translate into improved health.

      Allowing yourself to become addicted to exercise, without considering the state of your health, can rather harm your body. It is important that the amount, intensity and duration of your exercise regime appropriately suit your body conditions.

      When you exercise, your body secretes beta-endorphin, a type of morphine that creates a feeling of pleasure. Exercise addicts who stop working out experience withdrawal symptoms for such pleasure.

      Skipping even one day of exercise can leave them feeling anxious and guilty. In order to feel pleasure, they may exercise until they literally wear themselves out, continually increasing the amount and intensity of their workouts, even to the point of causing themselves severe pain.

      To avoid becoming addicted to exercise, it is important to pay attention to the signals your body is sending you. The most important signal is pain. If you feel pain, it's time to take a break and start again once the pain subsides.

      As for aerobic exercise, it is advised to keep your regime under one hour, as you will start to lose muscle if you go beyond that length of time. If you do weight training, light exercise won't put too much strain on your body, even if you do it everyday. However, if you do intense weight training you should limit your exercise to alternate days, as excessive muscular exercise could result in torn muscles, spinal damage or other injuries.

      Eating well is also important. Add protein to your diet, especially if you do muscle exercises. Meat, beans, eggs, tofu and white fish are all rich in protein, so try to include some of these in every meal.

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