Exercise is Bad?

We have all heard about the good things that happen to your mind and body when you exercise. Have you ever heard that exercise is bad for you? The short answer is “yes,” exercise can be bad for you.

Everything in Moderation

A quick anecdote: So your Doctor says, “Take two of these and call me in the morning.” What happens if you only take one? You’ll take longer to get well, or the medicine may not be effective at all. What happens if you take five? You might need to go get your stomach pumped.

The point being that there is an optimal amount for just about everything (hugs from your children being one exception). Exercise is no different.

Unless the exercise puts you in a compromising position that could result in injury or something worse, you have to say that exercise is not bad, but the amount of exercise you do can have deleterious effects.

With cardiovascular exercise, too much is deemed “Chronic Cardio.” Spending too much time in the weight room usually leads to a condition called “overtraining.” You can read more about overtraining here. In both cases, fitness levels suffer. (Click on the links to read more about over-exercising.)

Exercise is done to improve some facet of life. We want to be stronger to make make daily tasks easier; we want to have more stamina so we can do things longer; we want to be more flexible, to reduce our chances of getting hurt; and we exercise to look better. At Vertex, our workouts are designed to positively impact each one of those areas. By doing total body strength training with little rest between exercises, we strengthen our heart and muscles which makes us look and feel better. The best part is that we do all of that in 30 minutes, or less.

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