There is such thing as too much exercise and, yes, it can put your life in danger. This applies mostly to white men who spend more than seven hours per week performing intense physical activity, who have double the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases than those who exercise rather moderately.
Researchers measured the effects of various types of exercise
Researchers from the University of Illinois developed a 25-year longitudinal study where they assessed the average amount of physical activity performed by 3,175 participants. The results showed too much exercise isn’t really good, as white men who exaggerated with their active routine had more chances to have their arteries hardened.
All participants had ages between 18 and 30, and were split in three groups, each group corresponding with the levels of [physical activity they performed. The guidelines recommend about 450 minutes of activity per week. Those who exceeded these guidelines developed more calcification on their coronary arteries, which is an indicative of heart disease risk.
White men are at a higher risk of they exercise too much
Researchers were extremely surprised, as they thought more exercise should mean lower chances of heart disease. Moreover, they found out this risk was more prevalent in white men, as it was higher by 86 percent than in African-American men. This drove researchers to analyze the problem more, and look for other factors besides race which might influence this risk.
However, this doesn’t mean exercise is bad. If you overdo it, you might get your body a bit too tired, and it no longer works as it should. In fact, everything done or used in excess turns out to be bad in the end. Researchers now want to keep looking into the problem, and see why too much activity can lead to the opposite effect of the desired one.