Even a caveman has his limits. Overworking your body will undermine your efforts to get in shape, inhibiting muscle regeneration and increasing the risk of getting hurt.
Doing high intensity exercises for prolonged periods of time can take a real toll on your body, depleting it of essential fluids and electrolytes while also inviting potential injury. Listen to your body, and slow down or stop if you feel unwell or pain.
Are you suffering from extreme muscle fatigue? You likely took things too far during your workout. Although some muscle soreness is normal as your body repairs torn muscle fibers, overworking your body to the point where it hurts to even move is not recommended.
When you place large amounts of stress on the joints, you’re likely to suffer from osteoporosis and other problems later in life. Intense exercise can cause stress fractures that damage the joints and require the need for joint replacement.
If you’re restricting your calories on top of extreme exercise, a calcium deficiency may aggravate the condition even further.
There’s a reason behind the recommendation of monitoring fluid intake during exercise. When you sweat during exercise, electrolytes are released through your perspiration. If you overwork your body and lose large amounts of fluid, water and electrolyte drinks may be required to maintain the balance.
On the other hand, drinking too much water during marathon events can deplete the levels of electrolytes in your blood, too, so don’t overdo it.
Do you think you’re going to look ripped and hot after weeks of insane workouts? Most likely not. All that extreme exercise will likely cause you to consume more food than you normally would. Although you burn a lot of calories, you may be taking in more calories than you’re losing.
Also, if you get laid up with an injury, your workouts will stop altogether and the weight is likely to pile on—definitely not the goal you have in mind.
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