Sunday, 17 February 2013

How do you balance healthy weight and good exercise with not too much exercise and not enough food?
As a personal trainer I constantly encourage people to exercise more and eat less, but sometimes I have to step over to the other side and tell people to do less exercise and eat more – it’s a hard balance.
Eating a banana is good for you but eating 15 bananas per day is not good for you.
We all know that exercise is good for us but how much exercise should you do?

There is no certain amount of exercise that will automatically be too much for everyone. You need to keep you training on a sensible level and listen to your body. In general, 60-90 minutes of exercises on most days of the week is good and healthy for most people as long as you recognize the need for recovery time. The right amount of exercise for you may be different from your friends and family, you should take into account you fitness level, current health, lifestyle, work situation and home situation.

Could you be overtraining? Listen to the warning signs:
  •              Weight loss, muscles injuries and extreme fatigue
  •              Headaches, loss of appetite and insomnia
A doctor may first suspect a problem if a woman stops menstruating due to drop in body fat, which affects estrogen levels, but if can be virtually undetectable in men whose body fat levels are often much lower without creating any health problems.
Too much exercise can be bad for your health, but that’s no excuse not to do anything.  You need to keep your exercise on a sensible level and listen to your body.

If you suspect that you are overtraining, see you doctor to make sure nothing else is going on, adjust you training accordingly and make sure you eat well and enough of healthy, good nutrition food.

Yours in Health & Fitness,


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