What happens to my body when I exercise too much?

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The body needs time to recover from work outs. If you work out at a high intensity it cause small amounts of damage called micro trauma. Your body needs to recover from that micro trauma. If you work out constantly and don’t allow your body time to recover it will never heal that micro trauma and your body will continue to gain more micro trauma.  Over time your body will break down and you will lose strength, have constant soreness, decreased performance and fatigue. If you start to experience of the symptoms listed above, take some time off and allow your body to recover.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
An extreme exercise plan can make you older. Exercising too vigorously - more than four hours a week at a top rate - can produce three major problems: oxidant buildup and inflammation and subsequent aging, destruction of muscle tissue, and injuries from overuse of tissues.

If you exercise more than 6,400 kcal (kilocalories) a week, or if you exert more than 800 kcal an hour for two hours in any one workout, you are overdoing it. This much exercise overwhelms your system. The body cannot dispose of free radicals fast enough, and they build up in your tissues. That is, exercise increases cellular metabolism and, hence, oxidation and inflammation. And oxidant buildup can damage cells, particularly the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) (including that potentially important cellular DNA, also called non-nuclear DNA).

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