Working out. At one point in your life, you've probably done it. With summer rolling around, everyone's trying to squeeze a few more miles on a run or throw in a few more reps in order to get that ideal body. However, exercise can have some detriments. Specifically, someone can over-strenuously exercise.
Over-strenuous exercise is where extreme lengths are taken in an attempt to perfect body image. Exercising at the gym might be done several times per day, every day, without any rest periods. People exercising in this manner might've been prompted to do so by their surrounding environment, which forces them to conform to a certain standard or be left to societal scrutiny. Over-strenuous exercise, at the very least, can lead to excessive muscular deterioration. When you work out, your body breaks down its muscle protein strands (myofibrils) and rebuilds them by fusion with newly created fibers. This process is done in order to accommodate the more intense amount of strain placed on those muscles, as greater strain mandates greater muscular mass to be present. Overworking your body does not allow this process to properly and fully take place, meaning that your muscles don't have the chance to go through that regenerative process. As a result, you might actually be losing muscle rather than building it because your body is constantly breaking strands down without sufficient recuperation. In addition to this physical harm, damage to life in general can also occur. The time commitment made from prioritizing your physique can negatively impact relationships with friends, family, and even concentration at the workplace. In a nutshell, over-strenuous exercise is where the damage outweighs the benefits.
This problem, if anything, is psychological; with that in mind, psychological problems can, in-turn, be addressed in a psychological manner. In order to prevent yourself from falling to this problem, one thing must remain at the center of your focus: planning exercise around your life rather than life around your exercise. It's recommended that in order to get good results, you should exercise around 3 to 5 times per week, for around an hour each time. Schedule these times for when you'd most likely be available (e.g. before/after work, during a lunch break), and most importantly, make sure that you commit to those sessions. It's also recommended that stretching be done for around 5 minutes before and after your workout so that you not only prevent muscle pulls, but also properly cooldown your body after a stressful exercise.
Follow this process now (along with the tips we've given in other posts about hydration and diet) and you'll be golden for summer!