Is exercising everyday bad for your health?


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Written by Sumayyah Namusabi

Updated; 2021-01-29

Exercise can be any activity that improves or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. People do it for a number of different reasons which include, weight loss or maintenance, strength improvement, health benefits or just for pleasure. or just for pleasure. Where can it go wrong, right? Well, as the old saying goes, “too much of anything is not good”.

Fatigue and muscle pains.

If you work out every day intensely, there are higher possibilities of attaining injuries, fatigue, cramping and muscle pains which are not fun obviously. So, give your body time to recover by taking it easy on other days (low intensity physical activities) or just taking some days off.

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Exercise-induced arrhythmias.

In a study, Eduard Guasch and Lluís Mont note that though physical activity benefits are unquestionable for one's cardiovascular health, evidence suggested that both cardiac abnormalities; atrial fibrillation and right ventricular arrhythmia can be caused by high level training or intense exercise in some individuals.

Risky in heart disease patients.

According to another study at Mayo Clinic Proceedings, authors Paul T. Williams, PhD and Paul D. Thompson, MD note that running or walking can lower cardiovascular disease mortality risk progressively at most levels of exercise in patients after a cardiac event. However, highest levels of exercise (running: above 7.1 km/d or walking briskly: 10.7 km/d) lessen the health benefits on cardiovascular disease mortality and ischemic heart disease (IHD) deaths. So, if you have previous or current heart related issues, talk to your doctor how you can go about exercising.


Exercising is inarguably good for your health and it okay to do it every day (if you can) in moderation based on the evidence that strongly suggest that high levels can be harmful for the heart.