Some people tend to look at their fitness like they look at the condiments aisle at Costco: more now equals more later. But although scoring a two-kilogram tub of Vegemite today might save you a couple of dollars in the long run, you can’t really bulk-buy your fitness results.
There is a general dose-response relationship between exercise and fitness, i.e. the amount of exercise performed is directly related to the fitness and health benefits gained, but only if we can recover from it, says Lim. Contrary to what some gym die-hards may say, exercise at high intensities often is not suitable for longer duration training sessions or even for everyday training, meaning that there is a tipping point where more inevitably becomes less.
In particular, the risk of musculoskeletal injury and overtraining syndrome will be greater with an increasing volume and intensity of exercise, Lim says.
So, when we train, we should consider not only the optimal dose of exercise that will result in the greatest benefit but also the potential risks associated with an increased amount of exercise.
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