Regular workouts are supposed to increase your muscle mass and decrease your body fat, right? Well, yes, with a caveat. Some folks ramp it up too much, especially when they start a new training regimen to prepare themselves for, say, a grueling marathon or triathlon.
Overdoing your workouts can actually lead to diminished strength and increased body fat — your body’s way of begging for a break. While your body can handle a particularly tough workout, as Peña and the other 43,000 marathoners saw on Sunday, it also needs time to recover from the stress overload. If you pass that point, you could be putting your health in serious danger.
Don’t miss our latest U.S. News post (which you may have seen on the Yahoo homepage this weekend!), where conditioning experts explained ten signs of exercise overload — some common sense, and some that’ll totally shock you. Continue reading…