Does Impact = Results

Punishing yourself at the gym or on the treadmill can feel good at the moment and may even help reduce stress. But does that extra impact = results? Truth is it may not be delivering the kinds of results you think it is. In fact, when pushed to extremes, your body can actually start sabotaging your fitness efforts.

Now before you think this gives you an excuse to slack on your cardio let's get something straight. There is no doubt about it that cardio is great for your body and no matter what your fitness goals are it should be a part of your workout routine. Running in particular can improve your mood and overall mental and physical health. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, participants who did just 30 minutes of running on a weekly basis had dramatically improved sleep quality, mood and concentration during the day over their peers who did not. There are countless other studies that prove you can live longer and have a better quality life when you include regular cardiovascular exercise. So the more the merrier, right? Not exactly, as with most things keeping a healthy balance is a must.

When over-exhausted, muscles respond with lactic acid production leaving soreness and fatigue in its wake. Eventually, muscles become incapable of rebuilding efficiently until they get a proper rest. Another drawback to the tired, worn-out after effects is that it often impacts form. Little adjustments to your running, lifting, swimming, biking, shooting or throwing motion not only assist your performance, they help prevent injury. When you’re too tired to think about proper form, you set yourself up for potential problems. So while we admire your effort, dial it down every once in a while so you can enjoy the rewards of your hard work.

Author's Bio: 

Grant Donovan is a successful entrepreneur and founder of many disciplines including aviation, automotive, political, anti-aging and life coaching to name a few. But it is his passion for health, nutrition and fitness that he attributes as the leading factor for his success. All of which led him to create to share his large breadth of knowledge with the everyday man, and empower them to make the changes that will help lead to their success. He believes a life in balance of mind, body and soul is a life well lived and only when achieved can one unlock their true potential. At age 60, Grant serves as a living example of why staying healthy not only helps you live longer, but the improved quality of life, will allow you to push past boundaries and reach new heights you never knew were possible. With his inspirational personal journey of achievement he has motivated over 350,000+ subscribers to make a positive change in their life and guide them on their pursuit of happiness.