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How can I reduce the effects of over exercising?

To reduce the effects of over exercising increase your calorie and nutrient content and increase your rest and recovery time. Make sure you’re getting adequate rest which means 7-9 hours of sleep a night, adequate calories and nutrition based on your age, weight and activity level, and include more rest or recovery days into your workout schedule. By increasing your nutrient intake and your rest your body will have the tools it needs to prevent the effects of over exercising.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Small-scale studies have shown that oxidation damage, inflammation, and the aging caused by over exercising can be reduced. Vitamins C and E [500 milligrams (mg) and 400 international units (IU), respectively, for a 150 pound, or 70 kilograms (kg) person -- but do not take these if you are taking a statin drug like Zocor, or Lipitor, or Crestor,] taken together appear to decrease this effect. I recommend taking these two vitamins together about an hour to two before exercise, just as a precautionary measure. I also recommend taking a 325-mg aspirin or another non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (for example, Motrin, 200 mg) with plenty of water one or two hours before exercising, to help prevent the swelling and inflammation that often result from exercise.

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