Are You Over-Exercising?
By Al Sears, MD
Too much exercise can be worse than a waste of your time. I see it in my patients daily. Muscle strain, torn cartilage, sprained ankles... all because they overdo it.
When it comes to exercise, there's a common misperception that more is better. But your body wasn't designed for long-duration exercises like aerobics or cardio - especially jogging and marathons. Aside from common overuse injuries, going overboard with your exercise routine creates more oxidative stress. That means you create a flood of free radicals that cause DNA and cell damage - wear and tear that can lead to chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Too much cardio also shrinks your heart and lungs. It happens when your body adapts to long-duration exercise by downsizing your cardiovascular system. This "streamlining" helps your body cope with the stress of long workouts.
Here's the good news: You can prevent disease and get into the best shape of your life by exercising less. All you need is 10 minutes three times a week. By focusing on intensity instead of duration, you can burn fat and strengthen your heart and lungs with minimal effort.
[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears's high-intensity, short-duration PACE program has helped thousands of his patients burn fat, lower their blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks. You can get started on it today. All the details are right HERE.]