The results of a fascinating new study have prompted me to ask here on the Htet Tayza blog this week; how much exercise is too much exercise?
At What Point Does Exercise Stop Being a Good Thing?
Whilst I do believe in the healthy body, health mind ethic, I do think there’s such a thing as overkill. If you exercise too much you exhaust your body, exhausting your mind in turn and depriving it of the benefits it can accrue from the cultivation of physical fitness.
This presents us with a problem. How much exercise is too much exercise? At what point does exercise turn into a bad thing for your physical fitness; for your mental fitness? The results of a fascinating new survey may have just given us the answer to this most burning of questions.
People Who Jogged Over Four Hours a Week Most Likely to Experience Problems
These results were gleaned from a study conducted by scientists in Denmark of 1,000 healthy joggers and non-joggers over one year. They showed that the people who jogged for less than two and a half hours per week were the least likely to die over this 12 month period. Yet those who didn’t jog at all, or more importantly for our purposes, jogged over four hours per week, were the most likely to die over this same period.
Maybe Recommendations Should Mention an Upper Limit for Exercise
Analysis of the questionnaires conducted for the Danish study also showed the ideal pace of jogging. Results indicated that it’s best to jog at around a pace of 5mph, no more than three times a week. The analysis also showed that those who jogged at a pace of more than 7mph were just as likely to die as those who didn’t exercise at all.
Researcher Jacob Louis Marott from Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg Hospital commented on these results. Marott said: “You don’t actually have to do that much to have a good impact on your health. And perhaps you shouldn’t actually do too much. No exercise recommendations across the globe mention an upper limit for safe exercise, but perhaps there is one.”
Exercise No More Than Your Body Can Handle
As such we soon see that ‘a lot’ of exercise generally counts as too much exercise. Pushing your body past what it can endure damages your health instead of cultivating it. Therefore I would always suggest you do no more than you can handle when you embark on your latest fitness regime.