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7 Signs You’re Exercising Too Much

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  • Part of creating optimal fitness is recovery. An equation to keep in mind is that as exercise intensity increases, the frequency can be diminished
  • Commonly overlooked signs that you may be exercising too much include feeling exhausted rather than energized after your session, getting sick easily, “feeling blue,” insomnia or needing excessive amounts of sleep, “heavy” legs, frequently losing your temper, or muscle soreness that lasts for days
  • High intensity exercises should not be done more than three times per week. When you work your fast-twitch fibers, it takes about 48 hours for that fiber to heal and fully recover. This is twice the recovery time needed for long and slow exercise, which only work your slow-twitch fiber. These can typically heal in just one day
  • Once you’re fit, recovery actually becomes MORE important, and if you’re doing high intensity exercises, your recovery period could be anywhere from three to seven days

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to healthy habits, too much of a good thing can backfire, and that applies to exercise as well. While most people suffer from lack of exercise, once you get going, it can be addictive and some people do end up exercising too much — either by exercising too intensely, and/or too frequently.


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