Most of what you hear about exercise involves how to get more: motivating non-exercisers to get started, setting goals to go longer, harder, and faster, making more time for exercise, etc. With all that talk about getting the most amount of exercise possible, it may be impossible to believe that there’s such a thing as “too much exercise.” However, although we know that exercise is important for the health of your heart, brain, body, and spirit, too much exercise could actually have a detrimental effect on your health. Here are some surprising ways too much exercise can hurt your health.
1. You have less strength. This is your body’s way of crying “Uncle!” or waving the white flag, signaling that it has been pushed too hard and needs a break. If you notice your performance is suffering, or that you can’t make it through your normal routine like you used to, you may be headed for burnout. If you feel more fatigued, either physically or mentally, but nothing else has changed, then this could also be a sign that you are overworking yourself. Try making a change, such as less intense workouts, less frequent workouts, shorter workouts, or more focused recovery periods, and you may be surprised at how much better you feel.
2. An increase in body fat percentage. This is truly a head scratcher. You may think, if I am exercising more than ever, I should have very little body fat, right? Wrong! To much exercise without proper rest and recovery periods can stress your body out to the point that it is infusing you with high levels of stress hormones, like cortisol. Too much of this over time will cause your body to store fat and block the hormones that help you increase muscle mass, which can end up having the opposite effect from what you’s hoped. Your body becomes less efficient at burning fat.
3. You can’t sleep. Have you ever felt that when you have a long, busy day that was fulfilling and included a great workout, you go to sleep easier, stay asleep, and wake up feeling like you’re on top of the world? It only makes sense that more working out will mean better sleep for your tired body, right? If better sleep means restlessness and the inability to fall asleep, then yes. If that’s not your idea of sleeping like a baby, then take an honest look at your workout regimen and ask yourself if you’re pushing too hard. If you’re training for something big, like an Ironman or marathon, that’s one thing . . . but be sure to ease up once it’s completed so your body can repair and rejuvenate itself. That would be a great time to focus on an HGH supplement regimen to help get you back on track!
4. You’re in pain – a lot. Exercising too much could cause inflammation over the body. Since your body never has a chance to slow down and make the necessary repairs, that constant inflammation could lead to injuries, or worse: health conditions such as heart disease and cancer are linked to chronic inflammation.
5. You can’t shake that bad mood. Overworking yourself physically can lead to mental fatigue, and you know how well you function when you’re mentally overloaded. An increase of stress hormones can be found in your body when you’re physically or emotionally overstressed. Pay attention if you find you’re feeling stressed, irritable, depressed, anxious, or suddenly lacking in motivation or interest in working out.
Working out has great health benefits, but like everything else in life, moderation is the key. Pay attention to how you feel, mentally and physically, and make sure you’re balancing out the rest of your life with healthy food, sleep, a good supplement regimen including natural HGH, and time spent with loved ones doing activities you love.