Why Physical Recovery (Post Exercise) Shouldn’t be Overlooked

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Consequences of overtraining and not prioritizing recovery 

You are probably wondering what consequences may be in place if you don’t allow time for recovery? The answer is bodily damage and breakdown. Yes, exercise can be a blessing and a burden to the body; if you overtrain, this will override and undo many health benefits that physical exercise typically tends to have.

What is a hormetic stressor?

Exercise is considered a hormetic stressor; this means that exercise in itself makes the body stronger and more resilient to stress. Hormesis is based on the philosophy that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Exercise is a stressor and can do us harm if we overdo it, but thanks to the adaptive nature of the human body, we grow stronger as a result of working out when we allow our bodies time to recover.

Why isn’t more necessarily better?

More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to exercise because exercise is considered a hormetic stressor. You see, stress often has a bad reputation in the media, but the reality is, stress is neither good nor bad. It all depends on the amount. For instance, alcohol is a stressor for the body, but that isn’t to say that alcohol is bad entirely; it has many health benefits when taken in moderation. Alcohol is only bad for you when you drink it excessively. Going on the topic of exercise, exercise is only beneficial when done in small to moderate amounts that the body can physically handle.

So to wrap up, physical exercise is only beneficial when the adequate time for recovery is taken into account. One should never overtrain or train far beyond their current fitness level as this often results in serious bodily damage and injury. Since exercise is considered a physical stressor, the dose makes the poison. Stress only has hormetic/positive benefits on the body when in moderate amounts; chronic amounts of stress, whether physical, emotional, or mental, often lead to very harmful effects on the body.

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