Yes, You Can Exercise Too Much

For a lot of us, the struggle to get off the couch to work out is real. We know exercise is important, but that’s not enough to motivate us to get moving. So we know it’s possible to get too little exercise, but it turns out, it’s also possible to get too much.

According to therecommendationsfrom the Department of Health and Human Services, adults should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. And if you’re not hitting that mark, you’re in good company because 80% of us are failing to reach those benchmarks. But on the flip side, there are overachievers out there who think more is better and that’s not the case with exercise.

There’s a name for working out too much: overtraining syndrome. It’s not really a concern for most people, but those who do too much exercise and don’t give themselves time to rest and recover can put their bodies in chronic stress and that’s overtraining syndrome. CrossFit junkies, marathon or endurance runners are especially at risk. As for the rest of us, it’s important to find our sweet spot with exercise and even more important? Sticking with it.