Moderate Training Better Than Overtraining

by Giroux on April 27, 2015 - 10:38pm

On March 29, 2015, the article ʺIs there such a thing as too much exercise?ʺ written by Jill Barker was published by The Montreal Gazette. The article explains the difference between the heart of an endurance athlete and the heart of a non-athlete. The heart of an endurance athlete ʺadapts to the demands of pumping greater volumes of blood to the working muscles by making itself bigger and strongerʺ which makes endurance athletes five times more exposed to arterial fibrillation compared with non-athlete. The reason why such a thing is happening is that to become bigger, the heart becomes covered of many little rips that result in many scars which accelerates the aging of the heart.

To avoid this kind of situation, studies had demonstrated that running 32 kilometers per week instead of 42 kilometers can increase from three to six years the life expectancy. The article also suggests that to live a long life, there should be planned breaks of one day between every endurance workout and at least one-week break after a long-distance competition before returning to long and hard workouts. Finally, if your goal is to be healthy, experts suggest ʺlimiting daily workouts to 60 minutes or less most days of the weekʺ.

Since our society is suffering from an obesity epidemic, people begin to realize that physical activity is a good way to lose weight. Sometimes they are so motivated to lose weight that they create an intense training program they have trouble to keep up with. Therefore, it can be call an endurance workout that can cause the consequences mentioned above depending on the ʺbody size, gender, type of exercise and ethnicityʺ.  This is why I found this article really interesting. Also, it proves that doing physical activity is a good way to be healthy, but it has to be done correctly which is by considering the physical condition of each individual.

We are in a ʺnew powerʺ period where people follow the ʺdo it yourselfʺ tendency. For this issue, it could really have bad consequences on people because if they want to do things right without putting their health in danger, they have to know their body. So help will be needed to produce appropriate training considering the body condition of people. Therefore, the ʺdo it yourselfʺ tendency should become ʺdo not hesitate to ask help if neededʺ tendency mostly when it concerns your health.

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I really like how you explained the issue. I completely agree with your conclusion because I find it true that people must ‘know their body’ in order to exercise in a safe way. In effect, over-exercising is not only scientifically-proven to be bad for your body, but it is unethical from a teleological point of view. Teleology (from the Greek ‘telos’ meaning ends) is a theory of ethics which determines an action ethical by evaluating the ends. In this case, the result people want is to be healthy, strong, and achieve that ideal body physique. However, over-exercising has more negative consequences than positive ones; the body is working out without the sufficient rest it needs in order for it to regrow, repair, and replace all types of cells. As well, the “do-it-yourself” tendency is unethical because performing physical exercises without the proper technique can lead to torn, pulled, and sprained muscles. Even though the intent is to become healthy, the consequences are quite serious. For this reason, over-exercising is unethical from a teleological perspective.