Excessive Exercise – What is enough exercise?

Exercise is an all-time recommended way to get healthy and live longer (maybe just after healthy eating). The benefits of exercise are undeniable, yet everything comes with moderation. Too much of anything, however good, is not beneficial. Exercise is no exception.

Let’s look at cases where exercise is deemed too much and may become detrimental to your health.

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How Much Exercise is Enough?

For many people, getting their butt off the couch is a feat of a lifetime. However, some serious trainers simply just push themselves too hard. They strive to workout for long hours without getting any rest, which quickly leads to muscle fatigue.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  2.5 hours weekly (or 30 minutes daily) of aerobic exercise, together with 2-day muscle training are recommended.

Signs of Exercise Addiction

Below are the red flags of excessive exercise. Read through and carefully evaluate yourself if you have these signs:

  • Always thinking about exercise anxious to get back to the gym
  • Forcing yourself to exercise when you feel unwell
  • Exercising multiple times per day excessively
  • Throw yourself into the gym at all time
  • Insist on exercise even when you are injured
  • Feeling constantly stiff and sore with muscle fatigue brought on by exercise
  • Even more serious, woman can miss their period (amenorrhea) due to excessive exercise, in which they push themselves too much.

It’s important to understand that the above characteristics in isolation, or indeed as a collective, do not mean you have an exercise addiction or that you’re exercising too much. Just be sure to notice the signs and be self aware.

What should you do?

Change your mindset

Change your mindset

  • First, a change of mindset is necessary. Seek for counselling from coach, friends that experience with exercise training. Discuss your exercise schedule to see if it is overload.
  • Focus on the quality, not the quantity. You can exercise more effectively, which results in fewer training session but better results overall.
  • Pick up another hobby to fill up your free time. Also, stick to your well-balanced training schedule. If you miss one schedule, make up your mind not to miss it next time, not double the exercise the next session!
  • Exercise professionally. Hire a professional trainer that can provide you with sufficient guidance on appropriate exercise.

Reduce Training Level – Notice

Adjust your training level

Adjust your training level

When you exercise, your body will release endorphins. In fact, exercise is one of the best natural source to produce endorphins. The higher intensity the training, the greater endorphine level you’ll experience.

Therefore, if you suddenly drop the exercise training level, your mood may experience some change, notably depression or agitation. Thus, it is recommended to seek professional help for gradual adjustment of your training level, so that you can balance your routine accordingly.


Exercise is good your health, but too much exercise could become a serious problem. It is important that you realize you are exercise excessively, and figure out a way to cut down on your training, while maintain a good physical fit.