A lot of beginners may think that doing their workouts twice as much and twice as hard will bring better results in a shorter period of time.
The reality, however, is that excessive workouts will do more harm than good in a variety of ways.
In doing more than the recommended workout routine, the body is put at a greater risk of strain and injuries. The physical risks do not make this practice worth it. Moreover, the body will see very little to no results and those extra hours of working out will amount to nothing.
It may seem difficult to believe but in working out, less is more can be a good thing. Remember that a high-quality workout trumps a high-quantity workout always.
See for yourself the disadvantages of too much exercise.
Negative Effects of Excessive Exercising
More Pain = No Gain
Basically, your muscles are created after working out and not while you are working out. The purpose of workouts is to put strain on your muscles which become bigger and stronger after they have been given the time to rest and recover.
If you work out continuously without giving your body the time to recover, new muscle mass won’t get a chance to form.
Injury and Accidents
Gym accidents often happen when the body’s muscles are pushed more frequently than they have time to recover. During workouts, your body is subjected to stress and force on your muscles, joints, bones and tendons. It may be capable of amazing physical strength but it still has its limits. No Yours.
You Are More Likely To Quit
When all you feel is fatigue and soreness all over, you’ll be quicker to lose the excitement you once had when you first started working out.
When you overdo your exercise routines, your body is put through a lot of avoidable stress, making you feel groggy, tired and depleted of energy.
Anxiety and Depression
Although not widely accepted, it has been observed that excessive exercising is the beginning of compulsive athleticism, exercise dependence or compulsive exercising, which are thought to be new psychological problems. People who exhibit these behaviors are known to experience anxiety and depression.
In order to avoid excessive exercising, you should be able to catch yourself before it gets worse. See the list of the general symptoms and check if you can recognize or do any of them.
Symptoms of Excessive Exercise
- You notice little results, even if you’ve been regularly exercising for an extended period of time
- You frequently feel muscle pain, sore joints, or sometimes sustain injuries
- You feel constant stress, fatigue and constant tiredness
- Your physical strength is not progressing (i.e. you are stuck at your current lifting capacity and cannot move to the next benchmark)
- In some cases, muscle mass actually decreases
Mental and Behavioral Symptoms
- Unusual anxiety and/or depression when you miss or fail to finish a workout session
- Spending excessive amounts in/on the gym
- Exercising even though you’re sick or injured
- Avoiding other responsibilities such as school, meetings and social gatherings to workout
- Continuing your workout even if the body is already in pain
- Isolating yourself when working out
When you feel that other important things in your life are beginning to be affected by your workout schedule, you might need to re-evaluate your priorities. Review the list of symptoms to assess yourself. And be honest with yourself.
Exercise and working out should compliment the other areas of your life and not distract from them. Once you are able to conveniently slip workouts in to your life, you’ll see more results physically, and have a better sense of well-being, both mentally and emotionally.