Is Too Much Exercise As Bad As Too Little

@wolfie34 (26793)
United Kingdom
May 6, 2009 2:32pm CST
Ok, I have to admit I am an exercise geek LOL! I am at the gym four times a week at roughly 2 hours each session, I do lots of cardiovascular work outs as well as working my arms and legs on different days of the week I give myself a rigorous work out and I work and sweat hard, I am aiming to get a nice physique and trying desperately to get abs. I have developed a bad habit of keep looking at, touching, checking my stomach to see if it's slimmer, I guess I am kind of patient, but I just want to be able to show my stomach off this Summer, so I have 13 weeks to do it. I am addicted to exercise I have to say and I am even considering doing 5 days a week at the gym, but do you think you can actually over exercise or do too much? Currently at the gym I do 4000 metres on the rowing machine, 30 mins on the bike and 20 mins on the cross trainer or stepper and I sweat buckets literally! Plus after I have done this I bodybuild as well, so it takes about 2 hours minimum to do the training How many days a week do you exercise, are you addicted to exercise? Do you have spend most of your life in the gym or push your body to the extreme?
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
9 May 09
Wow! hat's a lot of exercise. I don't know id there is such a thing as too much...some of those female body builders overdo it in my opinion but that's what they want. I do very little exercise...getting out of a chair is quite painful...I can walk but not up or downhill easily or stairs. I was once a keen bush walker. I would love to be able to run still and play tennis and stuff like that. I'm still gaining weight as well. You are very lucky to be able to do what you do.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
9 May 09
I think my may concern is on the nutrition, which needs to be right otherwise the exercise won't pay off. I was told I am actually eating too little which doesn't make sense to me, how can I eat too little if my aim to lose weight, I thought it would be the other way round, hopefully I can find out more about this. And yes like everything I am guilty of taking my body for granted, I am indeed lucky to be able to do all that exercise and still be healthy.
9 May 09
the best part of working out/running is that you can eat whatever and how much you want. your body sends the nutrients wherever they are needed. also, you can run and never lose weight -- it redistributes and you do look thinner. i will say, however, that after long runs i have no interest in food because my body burned the stored sugars. i know that after an organized run where there are lots of companies supporting the run (and all the companies' names are on the back of the t-shirt!!!) have samples of their products, there was always a company supporter that sells yogurt. the very, very, very last thing i want after a run is yogurt --vomit! keep eating so you can continue to work out.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
9 May 09
I think the way it works is ...your body needs the nutrients to work properly...to build your muscles, feed your blood and so on. It can only let you lose weight when everything else is healthy...especially your metabolism.
8 May 09
Four times a week and 2-hour sessions are not too much. You can, however, strain certain muscles if you overwork them. My suggestion is to rotate exercising different parts of your body, i.e., upper, lower, aerobic. I've run marathons and put in 60-70 miles per week, six days a week. I had to train my body slowly. Also, after running a marathon, I took off a couple or three weeks for my body to rejuvenate. Heck! I'd be checking my abs too if I worked out like you. Keep on keeping on!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
9 May 09
I do alternate which muscles I use, i.e arms and chest one day then legs only, then arms and chest then legs only, so I am giving the muscles the rest they require. It's the cv that I find highly addictive, but I was told that if you use up your carbs/energy store when doing exercise your body starts to break down the proteins i.e the muscles you are trying to build whilst exercising, which defeats the object and I still can't get anyone to help me work out how much exercise you should do before your body starts to eat the proteins, ggrrrrrr. Not sure I could do a marathon though, strange thing is, I can only jog or run or a treadmill, out on the streets/park I have no stamina. I can run 45 mins on a treadmill, in the park, I'd manage 5 mins the very very max.
9 May 09
oh yea...i know the difference between treadmill and roadway. i prefer the roadway because it seems easier for me to actually run somewhere (i.e., the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Golden Gate Park, the Embarcadero, Chrissy Field, etc.) and the hills in san francisco present the best challenge. if you are interested in changing to the roadway, maybe alternate treadmill/roadway ... it takes time to train your body and mind as you well know. also, i run only in the early morning, before the wind picks up here...it can be brutal because it blows in circles and it seems it is never behind me and i'm running against it. why not find a nutritionist to speak with the protein, etc., issue.
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
6 May 09
Hey, wolfie! I think it's great that you're doing your best to get into shape like that. You certainly have a lot of energy! LOL! When I lived in Florida many years ago I went to the gym a lot myself. My things was strictly weights. I did both the machines and the free weights and 30 minutes on the stationary bike. All in all it took me 3 hours a day to finish my routine. I was going 6 days a week. I was pretty addicted too at the time, but, I only did it for about a year or so. I would have kept it up, but, I lost my job and wasn't able to afford membership to the gym. With all the weight lifting I had trimmed up so well that I actually lost 2 dress sizes and looked very good in my clothes. Muscle weighs more than fat and believe it or not, even though I had lost 2 dress sizes I weighed as much as 200 lbs. I think lifting weights balanced with a good cardiovascular workout is great and you're doing beautifully. While I was lifting weights I started reading some of those muscle magazines to inform myself more and to get some pointers. You may want to do the same thing. The only thing I didn't like about those magazines is that there aren't any muscle magazines exclusively for women and that was frustrating for me. It is important to note that women have to be careful because if you lose too much body fat that is not good. One of the repercussions behind loosing too much body fat is that your periods stop. That is not good. Once you regain that body fat your periods will resume. That never happened to me, but, it does happen to a lot of women. Just be smart about it and keep up the good work! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
I do tend to find that books and magazines give conflicting information, whereas one will promote one exercise or regime and a technique another magazine/book will give alternative information, I guess it's difficult because bodies differ in so many ways that it's hard to define a technique for just one person. I would love to have a full time personal trainer but sadly don't have the money to pay for one.
• United States
14 May 09
Wouldn't it be great to have the money to hire a full time personal trainer like the stars do? That would be so awesome. I've always wanted that too. Well, you know what they say, 'Beggers can't be choosers'. As far as the magazines are concerned just buy one that you like and stick with it. That's what I did. Good luck on your workouts, sweetie! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
23 May 09
Nope. I'm definitely NOT addicted to excercise. If anything, I'm addicted to AVOIDING excercise at all costs! (i'm exagerating a bit) I think that it is possible to do too much of anything. Just about anything can be addictive. I guess the question is, when are you doing it so much that it is either unhealthy or dangerous. My answer would be that if you are doing it so much that you have increased your likelihood of injuring yourself, OR if it is disrupting your life or your relationships in a negative way, then it's too much. I think if you are constantly checking youself, then it is turning into a bit of an obsession, but there could be worse obsessions than being in shape. As a friend, I would say just don't confuse your "self worth" with how you look. If it makes you feel good and it isn't damaging your body or your life in any other way, then it's not too much.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
23 May 09
Sadly I hold up my hands my friend and to me it's all about self-esteem and self-worth, you see I don't see myself as worthy until I have a great body, because I not a good looker, then I rely solely on my body to attract others, if I have a good body and attract others then that will help my self-esteem so I have to be striving hard and trying to get a perfect body to make up for a less perfect face.
@Humbug25 (12551)
12 May 09
Hi ya wolfie34 I used to work at a health club wouldn't you know? Well ok I was a receptionist but I used to talk to the gym staff there and was allowed to use the club free of charge when I liked. They used to say that you must rest inbetween days. You should train no less that 3 times a week because 2 won't make a lot of difference but you shouldn't train every day. I do think that too much excercise isn't good for you because you put all sorts of strains and pressures on the body and knacker it out. Please be careful wolfie and don't become obbsesive about it! Ok lecture over!
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
20 May 09
That would be an ideal job for me working in a health club meaning I could use the gym for free LOL! I have Mondays, Fridays and Sundays off each week so my body does have chance to rest, although I do feel fidgety on my days off wishing I was at the gym, I think I've got it bad. Thank you my friend, lecture appreciated ;0)
• Singapore
7 May 09
Hi Wolfie, Yea, I think one can over-exercise. When that happens, I think it would be rather obvious to you because you can't seem to make any headway - it's like no matter how hard you try, you just can't lift more weights or do more reps. If you reach a plateau, then just change some exercises and give your muscles some surprises. That should supposedly kick them back into shape.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
I do try to change the exercises I do regularly and I know that your body just gets used to the same exercise, but I do tend to concentrate on the biceps and triceps and trying to vary the different weights to use to work on them is not always easy. And the biceps and triceps are the hardest of all the body muscles to build on, worse luck!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
6 May 09
Hey wolfie~ I do think that it is fine to workout, but I do also think that there is a limit! And I think that you may be boardering on the obsessive! It is great that you love to workout, but I think you might be slightly overdoing it! And yes, you can overdo it! If you push your body too much then it just doesn't work! You can only push your body to an extent! What are you trying to do, kill yourself? Having nice abs is great, but overdoing is not going to get your there! You really need to consult a trainer to see if you are doing it correctly! Excercising has to be done a certain way so that the effects can be seen! You have to definitely consult with a trainer at the gym to see how you can get the most out or your own training routine! Try asking someone to work with you!
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Trouble is the trainers are teenagers or in their early twenties and unless you are female don't give you much hope, advice or attention, so everything I do I do off my own back, I get the info from books and the internet, trouble is it can be conflicting information.
@ellie333 (21029)
6 May 09
Hi Wolfie, My motto in life is everything in moderation but I do exercise daily but not nearly as much as you, I do aerobics for at least 30 mins a day and walk to and from school twice a day and do about 4 miles on the beach whilst my dog runs around and does his 20 LOL, I don't push myself as much as I should and have be negligent lately with my swimming which is brilliant for every muscle. However where I work the PTI's have the sort of figure you are talking about trying to achieve, I think you look great now, don't overdo it because beauty lies within not on how big you pecs are. Big Huggles. Ellie :D
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
6 May 09
Sadly not many guys out there look for the beauty within and are only interested in what you look like and what body you have on the outside. Being impatient doesn't help but I guess the gym also helps my depression and kind of helps my self esteem too. I guess the other side of the coin is if I had the perfect body I wouldn't need to go to the gym and work so hard. Hope you are ok my dear friend. Big huggles returned xxxx
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@nannacroc (4049)
6 May 09
Too much excersize is additive and very bad for you. Try reading some Garfield cartoons and take a leaf out of his book, it works for me. I don't do any excercize but I do walk to work and back twice and day and my job is cleaning a nursery, this plus housework is more than enough excersize and gyms are a waste of money.
@nannacroc (4049)
6 May 09
Just realized I spelled exercise wrong, that's what happens when I get my cleaning head on, the rest of my brain stops working.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
6 May 09
Don't worry my friend I understand I also forgot to mention that since going to the gym my depression has become more controllable, sometimes non-existance so it does have extra benefits too ;0)
@nannacroc (4049)
6 May 09
If it's right for you that's great. There has been research to show that exercise releasing certain calming chemicals in the body. Take care and don't overdo things.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
7 May 09
I think for sure there is a point where there is too much, but I also don't think you are at that point. I used to work at a gym and we would have people come in every single day for 4-6 hours. You have to let your body rest! Just be smart about it and build up a little at a time so as to prevent injury. Be healthy, not crazy!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
My mouth dropped open 4-6 hours? OMG! Puts my 2 hours into perspective for sure, trouble is after a while your body runs out of energy/carbs and I was told that your body starts to break down the protein to use which is kind of like defeating the object isn't it, because you are building muscles yet your body is breaking down the protein to feed the body to train!
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
12 May 09
I know. It can't even be close to healthy what these people are doing. Why put yourself through that. I don't even think professional athletes work out that much, at least not in one session.
@mommaj (22770)
• United States
6 May 09
I think too much is just as bad as too little. You are doing right by diversifying your workout and giving your muscles a day off in-between. You need to check with your doctor because you may be losing too much water. Not necessarily water but sodium. The doctor can do a blood test on you and see if there is a problem. The doctor also might be able to give you an exercise regime if it is too much or too little.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
I do have energizing drinks so I am regularly hydrated throughout exercise to replace the essential fluids.
@mommaj (22770)
• United States
7 May 09
If you are talking like gatorade and powerade you might want to go to your doctor anyway. Those things are full of sugar.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
6 May 09
No chance of me becoming addicted to exercise ... I'll stick to my 45 minute walk every day, thanks, and the occasional go on the WiiFit. One of my daughters is a gym junkie, and I was actually getting worried at the hours she spent there every time she had a spare hour or two. I think you definitely CAN overdo things - but as long as it's not interfering with your normal social/work life, and it's making you happy and healthy, it's a good thing. If it starts becoming an obsession where you panic if you can't get to the gym, or stop doing 'normal' activities because of having to be at the gym, then it may be a bit of a problem. Enjoy!
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
7 May 09
Sounds like you're getting plenty of endorphins from your gym workouts! It's excellent your depression is lifting, so it seems the exercise is really beneficial to you!
• United States
7 May 09
I don't think there is such a thing as too much exercise. You'll find your own balance. I was part of a woman's only gym called Curves and lost so much weight cause of the atmosphere and the fact that it's circuit training. You change stations every 45 seconds, so you never get bored. I think there is one in our new town so might be joining that.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Changed stations every 45 seconds, was that on the cv exercises or the weights? That sounds like fun. Yes I have heard circuit training is beneficial as your heart doesn't have time to rest in between.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 May 09
Oh, wolfie, I think it's great that you are so dedicated to making your body into what you want it to be, but, yes, I do think that it can be overdone. Throughout the years I've learned to appreciate the old saying, "Moderation in all things." You can have too much of a good thing! When it comes to exercise, I'm afraid that I'm just the opposite of you. I don't get nearly enough of it.My advice to you would be to go for it so long as you don't hurt yourself. Anyway, you look great to me already!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Why thank you my friend. Yes moderation is indeed the key, but I do get frustrated at times I want the results quick and I hate having rest days, I know my body needs them but when I am at home relaxing I miss the gym and want to get exercising!
• Malta
7 May 09
I used to do 4 days at the gym too and I was becoming too stressed out. I used to walk for one and a half hours a day on top of the gym but no weights because I don't enjoy doing them much. I have slowed down and now unfortunately I have come to a stop and I have put on a few extra kilos. So now i will start slowly again but I don't want to end up with 4 day a week gym training again. I need to remove 7 kilos and keep a bit more active.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
I would much rather do the cv because it's far more enjoyable, but was told that you need to do the weights to help you lose weight as well, which kind of makes sense in a way, but give me the cross trainer, rower, treadmill and bike and I am happy and I could keep going, that is the addictive part to me, if it was just the weights that I did each time I would soon get bored.
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
7 May 09
I don't its too much and personally think that its good to push ones body to the extreme. One can't just do more than enough. Those who are into sports only takes a break from exercising and doing physical routines maybe only during Christmas and Good Friday...with those that i know off. Being in top shape is very hard work indeed and its really nice to show off its results. Good luck and may you never tire going for what you aim for!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Thank you my friend, as they say no pain no gain!
• India
7 May 09
Wow!! You really do all that? I wouldn't do even a tenth of it. The only exercise I get is a couple of walks per day with the dog (or rather, the dog walks me). I do a lot of household work, and that's it! I guess you ought to talk to your fitness guide or whatever you call them about whether you are doing too much. I do hope you get that 6 pack you are aiming at. Cheers and happy Mylotting
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Sadly the instructors at the gym are mostly in their teens and tend to give conflicting advice and because I am not a young woman they are not very attentive so I gave up asking and do it off my own back anyhow.
@samdeb (82)
• Muzaffarpur, India
7 May 09
hey it is okey that u r doing so much of hard work for summer but u are doing it in excess so please reduce some times from your gym routine because it will make your physice more irrreguler when you will leave this routine .ok
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Thank you for your concern and advice, welcome to Mylot!
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
6 May 09
Oh, I guess it is a little bit too much. Me, on the other hand, I don't do exercise since I am too lazy to do it! I prefer walking to running! You should spare your time to somewhere else too. Oh my gosh! By the way, I have eaten so many bluecherries these days. My teeth sort of truned blue.so thats that, blue teeth. Now, I gotta go crying for the blue teeth now! Bye
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 09
Could be worst could be candy you are eating, fruits are good for you! I prefer strawberries myself
@maezee (32288)
• United States
22 Jun 09
I think your body needs a little bit of resting time to recuperate from you working out so much. When I was training (in a class) for a 10k a couple of years ago - the instructor made sure to make it a point to have "recovery times", so that we don't put too much pressure on our bodies. You don't want to overdo it, as I'm sure this has many physical and health-related repercussions. If you absolutely have to exercise five days a week, you should make one day of it LIGHT exercising, like stretches or yoga. It sounds lame.. But you could try it. I'm definitely not too crazy for exercising, and the only thing I do as of now is walking about 145 mins - 1 hour a day and 100 crunches at night. It's kind of lame..But this is what happens when you don't have a gym membership (and when you're lazy and not motivated). lol.