Why excessive exercise is bad for you


  • Exercise is a boon for fitness, and overexercise could be a bane.
  • How much of a physical workout one needs to do depends upon many factors like age, gender, health, etc.
  • Excessive exercise can lead to impaired immunity, heart problems, joint pain, etc.

Whenever one seeks physical fitness, exercising is given foremost importance in building strength. It is well established that exercising helps to remain physically fit and helps maintain mental and emotional stability.

Doing exercise for 30 minutes per day is good for overall health; it increases muscle strength, endurance, improves immunity, among other trillion benefits. However, overdoing it can reverse all the advantages.

It is always taught that overdoing anything is harmful, and the same goes for physical workouts. That might sound oxymoronic; how could exercise be bad for health? But, yes, it could be if you overdo it or push yourself a little too much.

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What is too much exercising?

How much of a physical workout one needs to do depends upon many factors like age, gender, health, etc. However, one should never go beyond their limits; otherwise, chances of getting hurt or more prone to diseases increase.

Exercise addiction is one dangerous phenomenon that is quickly developing, especially among the youth, which causes immunity impairment, hormonal dysfunction, ligament, and heart problems.

People who burn their calories through physical workouts way too much are equally at risk of dying than those who do not do exercise at all.

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How could too much exercise be bad for you?

  • Excessive endurance exercise may cause heart damage, heart rhythm disorders, and related issues in some cases.
  • Women who excessively exercise daily become more prone to heart attacks and strokes.
  • Loss of menstruation, bone mineral loss, and other problems also occur among women who overexercise with limited calorie intake.
  • A moderate level of exercising can enhance immune; however, overdoing it can reduce immunity and decrease libido in both men and women.
  • After intense work sessions, there is a “72-hour open window” when the immunity gets weaker, and viruses can enter quickly. Thus, overexercise also results in more upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Many studies have also published that people who take part in high-intensity sports have a lesser lifespan than people who take part in moderate-intensity sports.
  • Athletes develop an overtraining syndrome when they work extremely hard, and also develop “relative energy deficiency in sport”. These conditions have adverse side effects like prolonged fatigue.
  • Running is usually good for health, but when an overweight person runs too fast, it puts excessive pressure on their knees, leading to knee replacement and hip replacement.

Conclusively, it is clear that exercise is a boon to health, but excessive exercise can become a bane too. Thus, a person needs to check how much pressure they are putting on their health to get fit. Getting fit is good, but not by crossing the limits; otherwise, the repercussions would be far more damaging.