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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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1/2/13 7:37 P

Sparkpeople has a couple of great articles about figuring out how much is too much. You'll find these (and more) under the Healthy Lifestyle ==} Fitness Section, under Pitfalls and Plateaus.

7 Hidden Signs of Overtraining

No Pain = BIG Gain

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,424)
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1/2/13 4:22 P

Unless you're training for an endurance event, I think more than an hour a day is a waste. I think it's more effective to do shorter sessions of higher intensity exercise than to spend a few hours at the gym.

1/2/13 2:52 P

Loving exercise is so great and I applaud you on that. Too much exercise is such an individual thing that it's hard to say. If you are asking because you aren't feeling well, maybe you are overdoing it. If you feel ok, you're probably good. You may want to research something called "overtraining syndrome" if you are concerned.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,864)
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1/2/13 2:09 P

That depends on:
- your fitness level. If you are in pain while exercising, the intensity of the exercise is too much.
- your frequency of exercise. If you are forcing yourself to exercise too often to the point that you start dreading the approaching exercise, it is too frequent.
- your recovery time. If you are not recovered by the time your next exercise session starts, that is too much exercise.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
1/1/13 10:33 P

I would say it is too much when it starts to negatively affect your life. If it makes you more tired, grumpy, irritable, etc, it could be time to back off a little or take a few days off. You can burn out!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/1/13 10:07 P


It really depends on your goals and the intensity of your workouts. Most people can do well with 150 minutes of moderate intensity workout per week, as well as incorporating some strength training exercises targeting all major muscle groups 2-3 times a week.

Coach Nancy

LAURASALAZAR20 SparkPoints: (7,269)
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1/1/13 10:02 P

i love to exercise but how much is to much.

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