It’s no secret that exercise is good for your heart. When it comes to our health, everyone knows that more exercise is usually better than less, but how much is enough? Is there such a thing as too much?
The American Heart Association and the Surgeon General recommend 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week to receive the optimal health benefits from exercise. Typically, most people struggle to reach that amount. This makes the idea of “too much” exercise a point that few people will reach, but it is possible with enough effort.
Your heart is a muscle like any other in your body—an essential muscle, sure, but a muscle nonetheless. Like the rest of your muscles, exercising it too much can lead to potentially serious health problems.
Too Much Exercise
When we exercise, a complicated series of processes occur in our body. Our bodies get tired, our muscles get sore and our energy stores are depleted. The body usually needs time in between exercise sessions to recover before you train again. While the heart is a strong muscle that gets exercised daily, you can still overdo it and push yourself too hard.
A phenomenon known as “overtraining” can occur when people exercise too hard without appropriate rests. This illness can lead to symptoms such as:
- Extended fatigue and weariness
- Dizziness and lack of focus
- Immune system dysfunction
There are many more. These symptoms can appear gradually and worsen over time, making it essential that you monitor your health carefully when performing vigorous exercise. Too much exercise may also be a problem for people with pre-existing heart conditions or a history of heart disease. Speak with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine to make sure you go about it in a safe way.