Over-Exercisers Anonymous?

Photo credit: BecomeGorgeous OK, we all want to look fabulous in the teeny weeny bikini (well, duh!). Especially us overachievers. But ...

Photo credit: BecomeGorgeous

OK, we all want to look fabulous in the teeny weeny bikini (well, duh!). Especially us overachievers. But sometimes, we take unhealthy measures in order to get there. I'll admit it...I've done it. And I know a lot of friends who have, too. Yet I realized if I continued to overexert myself, I'd really destroy my body.


Believe it or not, long bouts of strenuous training (2 or more hours) have not been proven to serve better than 45 minutes to an hour of moderate-to-high-intensity exercise. In fact, overtraining can cause physical staleness, psychological distress (e.g. depression and anxiety), chronic fatigue and infections.

It's often a good idea to give our body 24 hours of rest after a super-high-intensity workout. Our muscles need that recovery period.


We've got to understand the line between high intensity exercise that's GOOD for us and the punishing workouts that constitute self-abuse. We can look good and feel good without spending hours and hours at the gym. Let's find the balance.


Click here to read an article from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)'s online magazine about overtraining, or copy and paste http://www.protraineronline.com/Apr-May09/article1.cfm into your browser.

Stay tuned for some feel-good demo exercises to help sculpt the body!

Enjoy and be well,

Holly

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