Fit & Fabulous: When exercise can be harmful to our health & well-being

When exercise can be harmful to our health & well-being

 

When you read this post you aren’t going to believe that I am actually writing that exercise can be harmful!

However, I was reading an article recently 10 Unexpected Stressors that are wrecking your health and was surprised when I came to #5 – Exercise.

To me, exercise is a great stress reliever NOT a stressor but when I read the paragraph I could totally see how exercise could be harmful to our health.

NOW I AM NOT ADVOCATING THIS AS A REASON NOT TO EXERCISE!!!

When exercise can be harmful to our health & well-being

However, as someone who really tries to push myself I can see the benefit of taking it easy and not pushing my almost 60 year old body quite as much.  We need to listen to our bodies because they really do speak to us.

Pushing our bodies to the limit can not only cause injury but over-excercising can fatigue us and affect our immune system and increase inflammation in joints.

As we age, we also need to find the right balance between regular exercise which should include cardio workouts and strength training and recognising when our body needs to rest and recover.

In my post, Why we need a recovery day I discuss the need for a recovery day to refresh your body, your mind and your soul.  That means recovery physically for your body, taking a mental health day for your mental health and wellbeing and spending time alone to reflect.

Recovery is vital for maintaining good health and is just as important as a workout.  Recovery days don’t necessarily mean no exercise unless you really need a rest day.  But they should be the days that perhaps you just do some gently stretching or a short yoga practice or even just a relaxed walk.

If you aren’t sure what to do on a recovery day I have some suggestions in my post, Why it is important to have fitness recovery days.

The bottom line is that WE DO NEED TO EXERCISE REGULARLY and that means 3 – 4 times per week BUT we don’t need to train for the Olympics!

 

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14 thoughts on “Fit & Fabulous: When exercise can be harmful to our health & well-being

  1. Cathy Lawdanski

    Sue – I took about 6 months off from Crossfit for some health reasons. And now that I’m back, I’ve had to totally revamp my approach. I like to exercise hard. I want to keep up with everyone. But at 58, that is just not realistic. I can do the workouts, with less weight and less reps and I need to be happy with that and listen to my body. I do this so that I DON’T get hurt and can continue exercising.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m like you Cathy and tend to push myself. However, you are so right when you say you listen to your body. Great job getting back to CrossFit. Xx

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  2. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    I love to exercise but notice it’s so much easier to hurt myself if I’m not careful. I don’t bounce back as easily as when I was younger so tend to stick to safer exercise as opposed to jogging or jumping.

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  3. Laurie Stone

    Sue, I did Zumba three days a week for a year and ended up gaining weight! I think it drove up my appetite. Exercising can be tricky, at least for me. I find walking my dog Libby turns out to be the best of all!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think the key is to find what works for you Laurie. As long as you are getting exercise which you enjoy that is the main thing. Walking is great.

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  4. Leanne | crestingthehill

    I’ve yet to find a high impact exercise that interests me – they all seem to cause me more discomfort than relieving stress. I’m with Laurie about going for a walk – it just soothes my soul and improves my health at the same time.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It’s all about what works for the individual Leanne. Walking is great because you get time to think, enjoy your surroundings and keep fit at the same time.

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  5. Charlotte

    it is definitely important to find that balance and I know when I first started out I completely forgot about recovery days and tried to push myself too hard! That being said, we do need a challenge! This is definitely something it took me a while to work on

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know I push too hard Charlotte and I’m finally taking my own advice. You think if you have a rest day you are cheating but actually you are helping your body.

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