January 27, 2011
Too Much Exercise can be Hazardous to Your Health!
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
If you are passionate about running all the power to you! I wish I could run more than anything (so perhaps I'm a bit jealous of their athletic abilities). However, it is a fact that too much exercise can make you sick. Over exercise can negatively influence the immune system to the point that the exercise addict picks up every cold and flu going around. Exercise causes stress within the body and with the right amount, it can lead to a stronger body. However, if the body is not able to rest and recover, tissues and systems break down without time to heal and strengthen and...voila...sicker than a dog. No one is immune to this effect, but you can train your body through slow progressive training to withstand larger doses of activity...to a point....everyone has their own special genetic ceiling (mine feels as high as a crawl space under a mobile home..but that's just me).
At any rate, it is important to note that exercise, like anything else (eating donuts, shoe shopping, watching Lost reruns, checking your Facebook for new friends) is the most beneficial in moderation. A healthy physical activity program should consist of a form of cardiovascular exercise (biking, walking, running, swimming, (good) sex, hiking,...yes, I said good, rowing, and the like), resistance training (weights, body resistance, bands, pool resistance), and flexibility (full body stretching).
Above all, do not compare yourself to the exercise addict feeling you are less healthy than them. The chances are good you are enjoying better health than those that are constantly running on the proverbial treadmill. Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
That's all I got.