Somewhere along the line, we got an idea in our society.  The idea that if some is good, then more must be better.  The thought that if it’s a good thing, then it can in no way be bad for us at all.  The truth is that this mentality rarely ever truly holds true.  What we actually find is that even things that are good for us, when taken (or done) in excess, can be just as harmful.  Take the mineral Iron, for example.  Iron deficiency can lead to the condition of Anemia.  A condition suffered by about a billion people worldwide (many in under-developed nations).  So, the solution is to get as much Iron as possible in order not to contract this awful condition, right?  Not so fast.  Iron toxicities can lead to issues with a lot of organ systems in the body, including stomach, brain and liver.  Well, the whole point of this being that the same is true of exercise.  We know that exercise is the ultimate good thing, right?  Keeps us younger, and has a positive impact on 5 of our 8 risk factors for CAD.  So, if some is good, then more must be better, right?  No.  Chronic over-exercising can lead to both physical and neural fatigue in the body.  Negatively impacting neural function, physical performance, psychological well-being and even immune function and sleep habits.  So, what’s the solution?  What’s the answer?  The answer is that you have to keep working out.  Sorry about that.  But there is a point where too much can be too much.  Honestly, try NOT to workout 7 days in a week (unless you are training for a specific event).  Have a day or 2 days that you are not in the gym or working out.  Gives that body a chance to recover and reload.  Also, schedule a week (yes, an ENTIRE WEEK) every now and again that you don’t work out.  We call it “active rest”.  It’s an extended opportunity for the body to recover.  Odds are, what you will ultimately see is a rebound in the way that your body works.  You’ll actually come back after a week and be BETTER than you were.  Amazing, right?  So if some is good then more is better?  Not quite.  Don’t let that rest extend much, if any, longer than that if avoidable.  After about that week (or s0) off, your body will actually start to significantly regress.  Inactivity is not the answer, either.  So go, workout, be healthy.  But do it smartly, and get some recovery and rest, as well.

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