Heavy exercise can hamper your mental health, warns study

The research found that more exercise was not always better for psychological well-being, with people who exercise every day reporting lower levels of mental health

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Everyone is advised to exercise daily, but, too much exercise can also hamper your mental health. The Lancet Psychiatry journal survey found people who exercise several times a week report having better mental health than those who take no exercise, with team sports and those involving social groups having the most positive effect.

Exercising for around 45 minutes three to five times a week was associated with the biggest benefits, according to results of the study published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

If you are engaging yourself in heavy exercise, this might harm your mental health. The survey team used data collected from 1.2 million adults across all 50 states of the United States of America and found that those who exercise for over three hours a day can hamper their mental health.

Dr Abhijeet Lodha, a physician at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, said, “Anything done in excess, can hamper your health. That applies to exercise as well. These days, in a rush to lose weight in less time, people opt to do heavy work out, without realising how it affects their mental health. While not exercising at all is harmful, heavy exercise is also harmful.”

The study says that people doing an extreme amount of exercise might have obsessive characteristics, which could pose a higher risk of poor mental health. Many previous studies have associated heavy exercise risks with cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, and mortality from all causes. However, its association with mental health remains understudied.

Dr Ramesh Bhosale, a gynaecologist, Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, said, “The association of mental health and heavy exercise is not well founded. However, one should always avoid heavy exercise.”