Is there really such a thing as ‘too much’ exercise?

Is there really such a thing as 'too much' exercise?It’s been said that regular exercise is the key to getting fit and looking your best, but did you know you can actually have too much of a good thing?

Combined with eating properly, engaging in regular physical exercise is one of the best ways to keep a trim and fit figure, and is a veritable requirement if you’re looking to get an attractive set of six pack abs. However, while a good diet and regular exercise can enable you to look good and lead a long, healthy life, new research says you might actually be selling yourself short if you overexert yourself on a regular basis.

Too fast, too furious

They say that life is a journey, not a destination, and that you should try to sit back, enjoy the ride, and do whatever you can to lengthen it – including exercising regularly. However, you can actually speed up your approach to the finish line by exercising too much for too long, actually defeating the purpose of keeping your body fit and healthy, the latest research says.

Cardiologists say that engaging in vigorous exercise longer than 50 minutes could put too much of  a strain on your heart. The ideal length of time should be closer to 30 minutes or so, these doctors warn, adding that you truly can have too much of a good thing if you engage in moderate exercise such as jogging for an hour or more on a regular basis, as you could be raising the possibility of causing scarring, tearing, or stretching to your heart muscle, which could lead to dangerous arrhythmia.

Doctors Carl Lavie and James O’Keefe wrote in a recent medical journal that a regime that includes moderate physical activity will increase both how long you live and the quality of your life to boot, but running too far, too fast, and for too many years can easily cut years off your life, instead recommending that limiting yourself to 30 minutes to 50 minutes everyday of full speed exercise is your ideal target.

Too much now just as dangerous as too little

The research conducted by these doctors indicates that it can be just as deadly to engage in excess moderate to strenuous exercise as it is to sit on the couch, surrounded by crisps packets, and watch television for hours on end. Considering how obesity has become an overwhelming problem both in the UK and abroad as our lives have become more sedentary, it seems now that most people are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

However, the key here is obviously to embrace moderation in all aspects of your lives. As important as it is to stand up and get some exercise for at least a few minutes every day if you spend the majority of your time sitting down, it’s now just as important not to overdo it and put undue strain on your body, as going too far in the other direction is just as dangerous to your overall health.

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