Growing up, physical activity and exercise are stressed a lot; it is a necessary component to ensure a healthy body. And that argument is right...to a certain extent. However, what we don't often hear is that there is such a thing as too much exercise. Wed MD argues that "exercise addicts" have a misconception that two-hours of moderate physical activity, such as run, will make them four times as healthy; however, that is simply not true. Too much exercise can have adverse health effects such as injuries, depression, and even suicide. As we learned in lecture, the adrenal gland is vital in our body's ability to function properly; but, as a result of over exercising, the amount of cortisol our adrenal gland can produce decreases significantly.
So why, with all the adverse health effects, do people continue to exhaust themselves in pursuit of a "perfect" physique? Wed MD believes it comes down to control - the results of exercise can no doubt be visibly observed and with so many aspects of our life out of our control, people with "exercise addiction" many times have an extreme desire for control. Our seemingly insatiable need to be "fit" and "thin" is no doubt stemmed from society's peer pressure to have the "ideal" body. But, to reiterate, sometimes a desirable figure comes at the expense of permanent internal damage. So, next time you reach for those running shoes, ask yourself: is this run really necessary? Am I doing more harm than good by pushing myself to exercise?