We all know that regular exercise is essential. It can help you keep your weight in check, improve your mental health, and reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. Research even shows that vigorous workouts could help you live longer.

Having said that, it is possible to get too much of a good thing; It’s called over-training, and it can show up as everything from chronic soreness to mood disturbances. So, how much exercise is too much?

The exact amount of times or minutes you should exercise per week depends on factors like your body composition goals, training background, age and overall health status, but there is a guide we should aim for.

 

Below are signs to know that you’re exercising too much:

  •  You judge your day as “good” or “bad” based on how much you exercised.

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  •  You feel anxious, depressed or guilty if you can’t find the time to exercise every day.
  • Your self-esteem is maintained by how much you exercise.
  • You get really mad when something (weather, surprise dinner dates, illness) interferes with your exercise.
  • You arrange work meetings, social obligations and family engagements around your rigid exercise schedule.
  • You cancel work meetings, social obligations and family engagements to exercise.
  • You only exercise alone because others slow down your progress, intensity and calorie burning.
  • You exercise to compensate for overeating (or simply eating).

 

WHAT TO DO:

There are a few steps you can take to begin to find your way back to a healthy relationship with exercise:
1. Ditch the rigid exercise schedule: Most people who have a problem with exercising too much maintain a rigid schedule. Which may be helpful when working towards a goal, but when exercise is doing more harm than good, a schedule can be detrimental.

2. Find an activity that allows you to appreciate your body’s strength, power and all-around amazingness.

3. Try something new; dance, ski, swim, rock climb or go for a hike. Decide how you want to feel in your body and choose an activity that supports that.

4. Incorporate rest days. It is part of the journey.

Keep it simple,make small steps, and you can make big changes.

 

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