People can exercise various amounts and what is unhealthy for others is okay for some. It is important that your doctor is okay with your exercise routine, that you are doing it for enjoyment, and that you are respecting your body. If you are doing it because it feels compulsive, because you get guilt if you do not work out, or to just burn calories those are warning signs of anything from a damaging relationship with exercise to an eating disorder. Check this out: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless /2010/09/5-ways-to-find-the-joy-in-mov ing-your-body/
I had to stop exercising for quite a while, I mean like the last two years. I had exhausted myself from over exercising which also contributed to adrenal fatigue. Currently I am celebrating having lost 35lbs or more in the past year (since Nov 1,2012) with minimal exercise.
By minimal I mean walking a couple of times a week (sometimes) and staying active with basic daily activities like cleaning the house, washing the car and running errands. My greatest help has been portion control and better food choices. Most of all I had to listen to myself and not even get close to doing what I thought I could handle even without overdoing.
I did a lot of research and have learned to listen to my body's natural cues and cravings. Too much working out is what most people do and what contributes to lots of weight gain and many not being able to lose. Now don't get me wrong, I love being active but I believe it should be enjoyable not exhausting.
No matter what anyone else says you know you better than anyone else ever will so if you feel like it's too much, it probably is. Staying fit shouldn't hurt, Staying Fit = Having Fun!
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What I have learned is that cardio is good every day you can get it but strength training you need to rest that muscle group at least one or two days. This gives your muscles a chance to regenerate and become stronger. If you want to work out every day what you can do is work one muscle group in a day (approx 30 only), next day another and then the following day the third. This way each muscle group gets two days rest. A Chest upper arms B Core C Glutes and legs and if you do the cardio you have been working out approximately 45 minutes.
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yes, ANGELWINDRYDER. it IS possible to get obsessed with exercise. i know several people who are. and i don't think it's good for the body. i totally agree with the makeshift that your body needs to rest some days. if you're really working your muscles during the days you DO exercise, then they need time to recoup, and regenerate. that's just my opinion, for what it's worth, but i've done the research and that's what i found. i aim for 5 days a week - sometimes things come up and i lose a day but it's very rare. k
In my opinion, it doesn't matter how often you're working out as long as you don't push yourself too hard and injure yourself. I've been doing the Insanity program for the last two months (not six days a week, like they say). When I'm too sore, I take a day or two. But the problem that I have, is if you are working out that often (or that hard) you have to have more caloric (?spelling) intake. To be truthful, that is my problem.
Only you can tell what your body can handle. Everyone's different. But I do recommend, that if you feel sore, stiff or tired, no matter how good working out makes you feel, take a day or two and rest. That one day of getting to the gym is not worth injuring yourself and making you take a few months off to recover.
(Sorry, a good friend of mine is a gym rat who is sick and injured all the time because he just has to spend four hours a day in the gym. So I have strong opinions on this subject.)
Thanks for listening,
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I agree, I think you need those rest days. You don't want to burn yourself out or overdo it. You also don't want to go so much that you get sick of the gym. Pace yourself. I'm so excited that you are excited about the gym. I'm still working my way up to loving it. I love the way I feel after the workout but I'm still not loving exercise yet. :)
I agree with The Shakeshaft - I need one or two days a week to recover. Maybe increase the amount of time you workout each day that you do? I also feel that if you feel the need to do something, do it! Even a 20minute quickie will bring you that "high" you crave...
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I think too much is when you don't give yourself a rest day. You should have at least 1 or 2 days a week as rest. Especially if you're doing strength training, your muscles need time to repair and you can hurt yourself if you don't rest. Personally I exercise about 5 times a week on average and this seems to work for me :)
is there such a thing? is there to much? is it possible to become addicted? I have started 3 times a week at the gym, for about 45 min each time and lately I have been wanting to do more because I just feel so good after a workout
so when is it to much? would going to the gym everytime I feel like it be a bad thing?
What is your opinions?
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