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
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-exercising can fatigue us and affect our immune system and increase inflammation in joints.
I love to run and recently completed a 35km run. Training for long distance runs can take their toll, so making sure that I include rest days plus stretching and yoga is vital to avoid injury and fatigue.
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 MAKE REGULAR ACTIVITY A PART OF LIFE and that means 3 – 4 times per week BUT we don’t need to train for the Olympics! A brisk walk will certainly keep you fit.