The Dark Side of Training

Extreme Training is Not Effective.

Exercise is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits of regular physical activity are well known. But you do not need to spend hours, sweating it out, everyday at your gym. Certain styles of exercise; such as extreme training, which take you to an extreme state of physical exhaustion and when done on a regular basis may do more harm than good.


While a consistent workout routine is extremely beneficial, there is a fine line between training hard and extreme training. When we talk about extreme training, we are talking about excessive over training; where you are spending too many hours at the gym with exercise routines that push your body’s stress response over the edge, leading to a downward spiral of biochemical responses, which in the long can cause serious damage.


Extreme training does not only waste your time. It causes a variety of health problems to your autoimmune system.

When we exercise, we usually feel good. We have an increased release of adrenaline, and neurotransmitters such as glutamine, dopamine and 5-HTP, which make us feel good and energised. But overtraining has been shown to affect these neurotransmitters in a less than positive way; depleting our glutamine, dopamine and 5-HTP. When these neurotransmitters are decreased, instead of feeling great, we feel somewhat depressed and fatigued.

When we over exercise our bodies react by releasing excess amounts of cortisol. Cortisol is essential, it works to maintain blood pressure, and it helps with our immune function. But too much of a good thing, is not always a good thing. Extreme training leads to excess release of cortisol, as a defence mechanism against stress. Too much cortisol can work against our normal bodily functions which can cause sleep interruptions, digestive irritability, depression, and weight gain.


Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.


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