More Isn’t Always Better

Running is beneficial in many different ways. It can reduce your risk for heart disease, increase stamina, improve mood- or does it? While running can be useful, sometimes too much of something can be a bad thing. Researchers have done their work, and it appears that those who exercise too much are likely to be worse off than their sedentary relatives.

Researchers have found that moderate exercise just a few times a week is beneficial but those that overdue it were more likely to develop heart disease and die earlier than those who exercise moderately or not at all. This goes against traditional wisdom that exercise is good and more is better, but we may be finding out now that’s not the case. Recently a study has been conducted of 108 marathon runners and idle people, and to their surprise, the runners had more plaque build-up than those that remained inactive.

Researchers have continued to investigate this further, tracking 52,000 people over a 30 year period. They found that the runners had a 19% lowered risk of dying but found that those who ran more than ten miles a week, more than three days, saw a huge drop off in benefits. The conclusion of that study suggested the sweet spot was 5 to 19 miles per week, anything more would cause more harm than good.

Discovered throughout this research was how excessive running, or exercising in general, caused extreme wear and tear on bones, tendons, and muscles increasing the likely hood of serious injury. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact amount of exercise that is harmful, but it only makes sense that if you put too much strain on something it eventually reaches a breaking point.

Researchers say that short 20 to 30-second sprints that get your heart rate up, then letting your heart return to rest is just as effective if not better than a traditional run that keeps the same pace, not to mention the reduced strain on other parts of your body over time. Now we know some people are thrill-seekers such as racers or skydivers, and just like that, there are individuals who want to prove something to the world by running marathons or climbing Mt. Everest. Just keep in mind by doing so you may be causing more harm than good.

While researchers are still looking into much of this new found data, it’s unclear where this may lead us in the future regarding exercise and health. The impact may extend as far as gyms seeing a reduction in memberships as word of this new found data begins to spread across the world. Now researchers aren’t saying those exercising should stop altogether, and those not exercising should continue not to do anything. The key here is just like many other things in life, to do it in moderation, more isn’t always better.

We’re sure you learned something today, even we did, this new found research is sure to stir up some controversy over the next few years. While it may take awhile for all this to hit mainstream media, we hope this has shed new light on the way you approach your exercise routine and remember, more isn’t always better.




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