Now before you couch potatoes leap for joy and think we are defending you With everything in life there are pros and cons; Exercise is no different.
There are real risks of bad exercise.
Bad exercise can be in the form of bad posture/wrong technique during workout, ego-lifting, and extreme workout.
The knowledge of the possible dangers you are exposed to will help you work-out
On your Muscles (BAD EXERCISE)
The most involved part during exercise are our muscles, the risk the muscle face is majorly muscle sprain.
Muscle sprain or pull is the tearing of a group of muscle because of overexertion, fatigue or improper use of the muscle.
it can happen to any group of muscle.
The soreness you feel after an intense workout is usually caused by the healing of the micro-tear your muscle-fibres experienced during work out,
Therefore it is a physiological response and not muscle sprain.
Muscle sprain can be classified into mild, moderate and intense, depending on the grade of tear, the recovering rate varies.
Breaking down of muscles as a result of extreme (unrealistic and unreasonable) workout which leads to the leaking of a protein (myoglobin) into the bloodstream can cause rhabdomyolysis.
On your bones( BAD EXERCISE)
The risk bad exercise poses on the bone is not direct like that of the muscle, picture this.
A 100kg weight slips and falls on your thorax while benching with Adele’s “This is the end.”
Not pleasant right? So don’t do ego lifting or participate in an extreme workout if you are not a pro.
Another risk you face is dislocation.
This can happen due to bad technique especially with compound exercises like deadlift and squats.
If the technique is not good, you can pop your spinal discs, twist your knee joints and ultimately end up in a hospital.
On your Cardiovascular system (CVS)
The irony is that while exercise improves your CVS.
It can also damage it.
Imagine a slouch sloth joining a cross country marathon because of peer pressure and during the race he suffers a heart attack because his untrained body was put under immense strain and his frail heart couldn’t bear the work rate.
Hypertrophy happens to all the muscles involved in work out and the heart is no exception and this largely due to it trying to meet up with the increasing demand for oxygen over time.
The blood vessels could also rupture if put under extreme conditions especially for aged individuals.
The way to prevent this is to warm up and rise the ranks as a newbie.
On your hormones
Non-stop Extreme exercise leads to a surge in your stress hormone (cortisol).
This is due to the continuous build-up of stress hormone because you are not taking rest days.
It can also lower your testosterone level as a result of the rising cortisol level.
You should be worried because your libido will be affected and the feeling of constant fatigue will kick in.
In females, they can experience the female athlete triad.
On your mental health
Humans can get addicted to exercise, we can get hooked on anything with a reward complex and what’s more rewarding than the rush of serotonin (happy hormones) after a long work out?
We have a simple way to know if you are addicted.
- Do you work out through
- severe illness?
- exhibit withdrawal symptoms when you don’t have the chance to work out?
- have an eating disorder?
If your answers are no then there you go you’re not addicted you’re just a passionate beast.
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