Most of us don't get enough exercise, and that is a bad thing. The human body wasn't meant to be sedentary all the time, and to function well it needs to move. The heart works best when it is put through its healthy paces regularly. A well-conditioned athlete will usually have a very slow resting heart rate, because the heart is efficiently moving the blood around the body with minimal effort in its very fit state. The vast majority of Americans don't get all the exercise that they need, and that is why most of the emphasis from doctors is upon going out and moving your body more. If you are one of us who need to get out more, this discussion will be mostly academic for you.
A problem that has been talked about more these days is something called "Exercise Bulimia" and it is a potentially deadly disorder, where something very positive is turned into a possible killer: exercise.
One of the symptoms of this disorder is where an athlete "forgets" to rest.
What is a well-conditioned athlete supposed to do after a running a marathon? Take some time off!
"Some experts suggest resting one day for every mile you run in the marathon, thus 26 days of no hard running or racing! Others suggest one day for every kilometer, thus 42 days rest."He goes on to lay out a 4-week recovery plan to follow, and he has one not only for the novice, and the intermediate runner, but the advanced runner as well! Everyone needs to rest after doing a marathon, not turn around and run another one the next week.
Also from Hal Higdon—
When you exercise without taking that rest time afterwards, you are walking on dangerous ground. And that is even if you don't have an eating disorder. But if you have "Exercise Bulimia" you are running similar risks that other sufferers of eating disorders have. You use exercise to "purge yourself" of calories consumed rather than using the more commonly known forms of purging (vomit/laxatives). You may or may not binge, but you do over exercise and can't stop.
Here are some symptoms that experts point out as warning signs—compulsive exercisers will often:
Please, don't fool yourself into thinking you have a healthy lifestyle if you are killing yourself with exercise. Back up, slow down, and get help. Exercise is good, but too much exercise is very bad. Moderation in all things is the only healthy choice.
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