Can You Exercise Too Much?

How to tell if you're overdoing it.

Ben Greenfield
1-minute read

A recent study from Penn State reported that people are more likely to have feelings of excitement and enthusiasm on days when they are more physically active.

This is because physical activity results in a release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and chemicals like endorphins that make you feel very good. But can you have too much of a good thing?


It is possible to become so addicted to the good feeling that you actually begin to exercise too much. Here are a few ways to know if you’re overdoing it:

  1. You’re always sore or get injured frequently

  2. You have trouble sleeping or are constantly fatigued

  3. Your morning resting heart rate begins to get consistently higher

  4. You sacrifice family, work, or personal obligations to exercise instead

To learn more about how physical activity may actually be a bad thing if you do too much of it, read Is Exercise Bad For You?

If you have more questions about how much exercise is too much, then come ask your question at the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page.

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.