Friday, June 8, 2007

Hitting the Wall - Exercise Burnout & How To Deal With It

Interestingly enough, if you exercise too much and for too long your body will bite back. You’ve always heard that too much of a good thing is bad for you. For the most part, it really doesn’t matter what it is.

I’ve had patients who exercise every day without giving themselves a break. Eventually, all to often find themselves having one small pesky injury after another and they actually start to regress in their performance. Their training suffers, their performance suffers, they get slower, weaker and then the on slot of injuries begins. The strain themselves with simple little tasks.

In the world of sports medicine, it’s called “hitting the wall” or commonly “exercise burnout.

Yes, you can exercise too much. Remember during exercise, you break down tissues in order for the tissues to build back up better-stronger-faster-etc…. But, if you don’t give your body the time to build back up, your headed down a slippery slope that will send you back where you came from.
Exercise burnout is a very important condition for sports physician and athletes to recognize.

I’d like you to take a break....take a deep breath and to direct you to some other sources for further background.

Avoiding Overuse Injuries & Exercise Burnout


Avoiding Burnout (in life & sports)

Healthfully yours,


Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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