Going to the gym too often can actually make you gain weight, because excess of anything is bad
Sometimes, less is more--even when it comes to your workouts.
Have you ever gone too long without visiting the petrol pump to get your car's tyres reinflated? We don't think we need to state the obvious here by telling you that going on and on with underinflated tyres will ultimately lead to extreme wear and tear, and in extreme cases a life-threatening accident.
Unfortunately, working out works on a similar principle. You hit the gym for a grueling workout session everyday and over-strain yourself, and boom! You're on your way to self-destruction. If you experience fatigue, soreness in the body all the time, frequent headaches, or have an irregular menstrual cycle, sadly, you're already on the path to the self-destruction we just mentioned.
Yes, exercising has some superb health benefits like giving you a healthy body and mind; but there's nothing else in the world that can equate to the benefits of practicing the very simple virtue of balance in life.
Here's how going off-balance and overtraining can lead to some major backfires:
Overtraining Can Make You Lose Precious Things In Life
You know, when you exercise, there's a lot of wear and tear of muscles involved and taking rest means giving time to your body to repair and compensate for the damage. However, if the frequency and intensity of your exercise regime is actually exceeding the capacity of your body to recover, then sorry to break your bubble, but you'll end up losing your precious-as-diamonds muscles instead of fat.
And mind you, it's not just the muscles that you lose. You may end up losing your sleep too. Overtraining can lead to insomnia, headaches, and hell lot of fatigue.
Or It Can Make You Lose Nothing At All
You can feel on top of the world post those exhilarating sessions at the gym, but here's a slight reality check for your happy soul: By engaging in high-intensity workouts so frequently, you make your body get used to a particular amount and type of physical activity. After a certain point the body stops responding to it. So, if weight loss is your agenda, then be prepared to get your heart broken, because you might be on your way to hitting a weight-loss plateau.
By taking rest and changing your workout routines regularly, you break the monotony and surprise your body. In fact, a healthy recovery can lead to better workouts once you get back to the gym. According to a study conducted by researchers Jonathan N. Mike and Len Kravitz at the University of New Mexico, recovery from exercise training is an integral part of the overall training program and is essential for optimal performance and improvement. So you know you've really got to pull the brakes on your workout some times.
But, There Are Gains Too
This statement might sound positive, but there's no denying the fact that overtraining means causing stress to your body. And as we know it, stress leads to the production of cortisol. Unfortunately, cortisol leads to weight gain. Not to mention, the more you exercise, the hungrier you feel. So it's not just about gaining weight, but also gaining a bigger appetite, you see. We hope that now you clearly get the kind of gains we were talking about.
Also read: 5 mistakes that are keeping you from getting that toned hot-bod.
It Can Turn Aunty Flo Into Anti-Flo
Exercising too much can affect your hormones. While a fair amount of gymming can release endorphins and improve your mood, overexertion can have a negative impact. According to a study published by National Institutes of Health, US, it can even lead to delayed periods and an irregular menstrual cycle. In fact, the drop in the oestrogen levels cause by overtraining can also result in bone loss, making you weaker and more susceptible to injury.
Not to mention the random and erratic mood swings that might also be a part of these unwanted hormonal changes. In extreme cases, it can even lead to depression and anxiety, so beware!
Ladies, it's all about striking the right balance. Just know that taking adequate rest is as important as working out regularly. If weight loss is your agenda, then working out for five days a week is more than enough. If staying fit is what you want, then hitting the gym three to four days is spot-on. In any case, going everyday is not an option.