What Too Much Exercise Does to the Brain and Body
You might think that there is no such thing as too much exercise. Exercise is GOOD for your body, right?
Of course it is.
But, too much of anything is a bad thing.
How much is Too Much Exercise?
Based on a study published by Yale University in 2018, people who exercise 45 minutes a day 3-5 days a week experience the best results both physical and mental health-wise.
But then it found that people who exercise 90 minutes a day leads to less of an improvement in mental health. And if they did this 23 or more times a month, they had worse mental health than people who don’t exercise at all.
Don’t get this wrong—no exercise is terrible for your physical health. Period. But overdoing it can harm your mental health.
“Exercise is associated with a lower mental health burden across people no matter their age, race, gender, household income and education level,” Adam Chekroud, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Chief Scientist at Spring Health said.
This study was pretty complex.
It used data from 1.2 million people in the US.
It is rare for people to over-exercise, and the chicken-egg scenario always arises: does a mental health issue cause the over-exercising or does the over-exercising cause the mental health issues? Probably both ways.
Once the body starts exercising, the body releases cortisol. This is a stress hormone and natural. However, too much of it or too much exposure to it can cause multiple issues both mentally and physically.
From weight gain, thyroid issues, and chronic disorders to mental health decline, overexposure can be detrimental.
One thing is clear—if you have mental health issues now, the sweet spot is 45 minutes a day 3-5 days a week.
That’s easy to do if you like to hike, walk or combine 20 minutes of cardio with 25 minutes of weight lifting.
This not only shows to improve mental health, but also physical health.
So, get up and move (but not too much, my friend!).