Over-Excercise can be Harmful to Your Health as no Exercise

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • March 4, 2016, 3:02 PM


Over-Excercise can be harmful to your health as no exercise. Find out why


Too much exercise? In a world where words “workout” and ‘fitness’ are revered, which is filled with lazy couch potatoes, is there such a thing? Yes, there is, and there are several studies to prove it.


Exhibit A


A study by British physicians and presented at he European Society of Cardiology meeting in August 2015 says that excessive exercise either in volume or intensity may be associated with a higher risk of heart attacks.


The researchers compared the arteries of athletes who ran fewer than 35 miles a week or cycled fewer than 150 km a week with athletes who ran or cycled beyond that threshold. They found that who ran a maximum of 35 miles a week had lower levels of coronary artery calcium and less likely to suffer from heart attacks and strokes as compared to sedentary adults. But they also found that the group which exercised way more had higher levels of plaque. In other words, a dedicated runner who logged 50 miles a week had the same or worse heart than a couch potato.


Exhibit B


A report published in February 2015 by the College of Cardiology researchers from Denmark, says that people who push their bodies too hard actually undo the benefit of exercise. The researchers found that those who ran at a fast pace more than four hours a week for more than three days a week had about the same risk of dying during the study’s 12 year fellow up as those who were sedentary. The researchers went on to suggest that jogging at a steady pace for less than two and a half hours a week was best for health.


Exhibit C


Another study done in Taiwan and published in Journal Lancet reported that while exercise helps increase longevity, the benefits of vigorous exercise plateaued at about 45 minutes a day.

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