Avoid Doing Strenuous Work Outs to Lose Weight
There is this misconception in the weight loss world that pushing yourself to the limit with strenuous work outs are highly effective. Not so, and not so fast. Pushing your body to the point of feeling as if you were in a train wreck may just bring your weight loss campaign to the state of a train wreck.
When the body is pushed beyond its limit, there is a heightened chance that it that the organs are not going to be able to perform at their best. Now where would that leave you? It leaves you with a body packed with nutritious food that it just can’t process effectively. In addition to that, your stress level may rise so high it’s unbelievable.
Stress and Strenuous Workouts
It is not uncommon for us to feel stressed even when to our knowledge there is nothing in our lives to really stress about. You may be eating right, going to the gym and leading a healthy life, but for some unknown reason you feel stressed. There is a particular hormone in our body that rushes to our aid when it realizes that we are stressed out. This hormone is known as cortisol and is produced by the adrenal gland that sits on top of our kidneys.
Cortisol is also released in increased doses while we work out. What happens here when we overdo it is a true case of “too much of one thing is good for nothing.” Pushing the body beyond its limit leaves an excess amount of cortisol in the body. The adrenal glands go into overdrive and work hard as they try to release enough cortisol to combat the level of stress the body is undergoing. This is known as acute cortisol response. The glands are then left tired and sluggish while the body itself is unable to use up the cortisol effectively because it is just too tired to function properly.
Tired and Overworked Organs Cannot Work Efficiently
Following your work out, you may try to have your energy punch to get your system the perk up you think it needs, but if the organs are too tired then that punch will just sit there until the organs are rested or it may pass through the system sluggishly. If your body is unable to process food as it should then that will leave you with a few extra pounds to contend with.
When you overwork your body, it affects the levels of some important neurotransmitters that are found in your blood. These include glutamine, dopamine and 5-HTP. When the levels of these hormones are affected, you may start feeling depressed and experience chronic fatigue. The kind of stress that this causes can affect the hypothalamic-pituitary axis in a negative manner, and trigger conditions such as hypothyroidism which will then present its own set of worries. These include digestive dysfunction, weight gain, sleep disturbances, memory impairment and depression. Notice here that taking your body to a point of physical exhaustion does more harm than good on two levels.
- It causes stress and leaves the body unable to deal with that stress.
- You may gain weight because your organs are overworked and unable to function properly. This leaves you susceptible to not only weight gain, but also a myriad of other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease. People who already suffer from a health condition should definitely avoid doing too much strenuous exercise.
Tread that Fine Line Carefully
There is a fine line between a high intensity workout and simply overdoing it. The right amount of high intensity exercises will leave you feeling invigorated, and your organs will be performing at their peak. Never eliminate work outs from your routine, but keep it real and simply avoid overdoing it.