What Over Exercising Can Do To You?
People who are workout freaks and exercise for more than 2+ hours are in reality destroying their health rather profiting it. All of us wish to have an amazing body and health and often we are so indulged in doing so that we forget our true meaning of keeping our body healthy behind our exercise sessions and make it our passion and craze. As we all know that the excess of everything is bad and harmful, same goes for exercise; when you work out every day for more than the prescribed time; you are not giving your body the time to heal the small damages and the stress that happens during the sessions like tearing of small muscles.
Your body starts to stay permanently tired because it is constantly being damaged and have no time to heal itself. In return for your excessive exercises, your body starts to give you some symptoms as to tell you (or beg you) to please stop torturing it and to give it a rest. Some of those symptoms we are going to discuss here so that you will know when to stop overdosing your body with exercises. 6 Side Effects of Over Exercising: There is a wide range of the most prominent and easily visible effects that are caused by over exercising which the fitness and health industries would not let you know about. 6 of those dangerous health hazards are:
- Mentally Weak: exercising daily with heavy weights and difficult machinery can give you your dream body but at a terrible price of your mental health. Some researches told us that there is an ‘overtraining syndrome’ which triggers exactly the same chemical reactions in the brain that are triggered during the clinical depression. Both these things make the person suffer from insomnia, irritability, fatigue and low self motivation. Of these mentioned four things (insomnia, irritability, fatigue and low self motivation); insomnia and fatigue are the dangerous ones. Insomnia is when your mind is overloaded with stressed thoughts and leads you to sleepless nights. Fatigue is caused when you feel physical or mental dizziness without any real reason it happens when you have over trained excessively.
- A Distorting Immune System: our immune system depends on a hormone i. e. the cortisol. This hormone is emitted during physical stress by the adrenal gland, it increases the production of glucose, breaks down protein in the muscles and is good if stays in balance. But, when we over train our cortisol level goes up because of the work stress (which your body is supposed to fight). However, because your body is unable to recover from doing the intense pieces of training; your immune system has to bear its price. It is also related to the change of your urine color to red or darker shade, it happens when the tissues of your muscle leak some sort of substance into your blood (the process is called rhabdomyolysis), this can also lead to kidney issues.
- Pains and Aches: initially when you start to work out, you feel pain in your muscles because they are stretched the first time like this but when you work out nonstop for 7. 5 hours a week; your muscles and joints start to give in, resulting in a constant pain and soreness. Overtraining can lead to numerous pains like back pain, shoulder pain, calf pain, headache, etc these pains don’t develop in a day or two rather when your body is overtly worked out. It can also cause our bones to become extremely weak as the bones start to lose their density and can lead to arthritis and osteoporosis. Our body is like a machine, just like you can use the machine without giving it a break, you can’t use your body without a break; your body needs time to restore its energy and to heal itself.
- Disrupted Heartbeats: people who engage in exercise more than 6 times a week can develop heart problems when they reach their 50s. When we are working- out; all we can think is that exercise is good for us and can never harm us, but we are totally wrong. One more disadvantage of over exercising is that it can cause permanent damage to the structure of our heart which many doctors describe as ‘cardiotoxic. Because of the stress, your heart has to work a lot harder and gets old before its supposed time, an easy way to determine whether you are excessively stressing your heart is to measure your heartbeats if the heartbeat is 50- 65 per minute you definitely need to give it a break.
- Less Efficient Performance: performance covers everything, from daily getting out of bed to going back to sleep and everything in between. If you always feel tired and sloppy even after working out so intensely that you should realize that working out is making you ill rather healthy. It is your body’s way to tell you that it needs rest and you should at least give it a week’s time to heal all the internal damages caused by extreme workouts.
- Gaining Fat: it comes as a shock when instead of losing weight by exercise you start to gain weight or body fat even when you have lost all your appetite and seldom eats properly (this thing also happens because of over exercising). This is your body’s way of warning you to stop over stressing it. The body starts to release stress hormones and cortisol which will lead to the increased storage of adipose tissues, the adipose tissues increase the muscle mass and weight. This weight gain and loss can further lead to bad mood swings like depression, being angry and sad for no reason, emotionally unstable, irritability, etc. If you ever notice even any one of these symptoms in your body you should definitely put on hold your workout sessions and let your body rest and heal. You can also eat lots of fruits and vegetables, sleep properly for 8 hours to keep your body healthy and happy.
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