Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Can you get too much of a good thing? We are encouraged to move more, to stay active, to get fit. But how much is too much? I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a big fan of feeling the “burn”, of powering through the pain; but then, as a shopper I’ve never actually shopped until I dropped, either.
So how much exercise is too much? Experts at the Mayo clinic recommend about 30 minutes to an hour of moderate exercise per day. Body-building experts tell us that if we work out daily that we should focus on different sets of muscles so that we don’t experience any negative side effects.
So what are the parameters when it comes to balance in exercising? At one end of the spectrum is zero exercise, also known as completely sedentary, or a total couch potato. These persons could be in a medically-induced coma, a boring desk job, or an out-of-work spouse with no motivation. Know anyone who fits that description? They are living, breathing examples of Newton’s First Law of Motion.
At the other end of the spectrum is the need to exercise multiple times per day, and withdrawal symptoms similar to other addictions if you miss a scheduled workout.
Are you balanced in your exercise habits? To check, ask your family and friends if they are concerned about you and your exercise habits. Keep a written journal for one week and make a pie chart of the hours you spend in different daily activities. This will definitely give you a place to start if you need to make any adjustments in your lifestyle.
Have you found balance with your exercise routine? Do you know anyone who is struggling with finding a good balance? Please leave your comments below–I’d love to hear your thoughts.