Published on November 21, 2013 | by Patricio Athie-Chauvet


Too much exercise can be bad for you

Chest workout at the gym [CherryPoint]

Chest workout at the gym [CherryPoint]

Marta Kargbo, a personal trainer at a large health club on the South Bank has spoken of the dangers of over-exercising, and how it can have a negative effect on a person’s body.

While exercise is vital to leading a healthy lifestyle, too much exercise may often be counter–productive.

Regular workouts are supposed to make you lose body fat and increase muscle mass, but overworking your body has many risks including injury and in some cases addiction.

Overtraining occurs when the frequency and intensity of the workout surpasses the body’s ability to rest and recover.

It gradually leads you to become prone to injuries, such as tendonitis and strains.


Kargbo has seen many of her clients injured due to over training: “So that means you’re not allowing the muscle the rest time they need to actually develop. If you keep overworking it and you don’t maintain it properly the muscle will give in.”

She explained how some people can sometimes be too eager to achieve results and give themselves impossible goals: “Some of the people that come to this gym love doing loads of classes and sometimes get frustrated because they don’t see the results as fast as they’d like to.

“So, they keep overdoing it until they get themselves injured and they’re out for six months,” she added.

Training intensely everyday prevents muscle growth and can sometimes make you feel blue making you lose interest on the workout itself.

A blue state of mind is when you feel like you have to train. You become unmotivated, unexcited, and it can start affecting other areas of your life.

“Some of the people that come to this gym love doing loads of classes and sometimes get frustrated because they don’t see the results as fast as they’d like to.” – Marta Kargbo

Overtraining the body not only breaks you down physically, but it also will weaken your immune system.

This means you become more susceptible to illnesses, and it takes longer to recover from them.

Unintentional weight loss, insomnia, and a diminished appetite are all signs of over–exercising.

Although it may sound like a good thing, unintentional weight loss is bad. When you are dropping pounds without noticing, it is likely that the weight you are losing is muscular mass rather than fat mass.


When you push your body over the limit without hydrating properly it can lead to cramping, heart palpitations, dysphoria, nausea, and even passing out.

Tori Shack, an American fitness instructor, expanded on the dangers of not hydrating properly: “It is very, very dangerous. The worst part of it is that a lot of people are unaware of it. So, you really want to make sure that you are properly hydrated. One way to avoid that is by not over exercising too much,” she said.

When you overextend your muscles beyond their limit you run the risk of injuring, straining, or pulling your muscles to the point where you reach an overall burn out.

Shack continued: “Your body just gets tired; your mind gets tired. You don’t want to do the exercise any more. You wake up in the morning and you are like ‘I’m done. It’s like torture’. That’s what happens when you overexercise.”

Hydration is crucial to avoid over working your body. Drink at least two litres of water every day and always have an energy drink with you during your session that will replace the electrolytes you lose whilst working out.


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