There is lots of evidence to show that exercise is good for us. However, there are some cases where if we did not exercise, we would be better off. These cases are rare, but it is worth knowing what they are to make sure that you are not putting your health at risk by exercising.
Not warming up or down
If you are exercising it is really important to warm up before you start and down when you have finished. This just needs to be a very simple stretch of the muscles that you will be using when you exercise. If you do not do this, you risk injury to the muscles. This can be just soreness in the muscle or a more severe injury but it could mean that you will be too sore to exercise afterwards for a while. This will mean that you may not be able to even walk or do gentle exercise and therefore could be very detrimental to your health.
Exercising when unwell or injured
If you are feeling unwell or have an injury and still exercise then you could be harming your body. You may not have the energy or strength to exercise when you are unwell and could be using resources that your body would otherwise be using to recover. If you have an injury then exercise could make it worse and you could even find that it puts your recovery back so far that you are unable to exercise for much longer than you would have been had you just waited for it to recover in the first place.
Overworking the body
If you exercise too hard then you could be putting unnecessary strain on the body. It can be tempting to think that because elite athletes work their bodies hard, then it is okay for everyone too. However, they have a team of trained professionals looking after their bodies and making sure that they train in the best way possible. Unless you have this sort of expertise around you then you could find that you will work too hard and your body will not cope well. Even professionals get injuries due to wear and tear and so it could be the case that you could get this too.
Burning too much energy
If you exercise too hard you could find that you burn too much energy. This could mean that you do not leave enough energy to apply to the rest of your day. It could mean that your body is not able to efficiently build muscle and may use supplies from elsewhere to do so, which could cause damage. It is therefore really important that you get a good balance between energy in and out.
Using the wrong equipment
If you are not properly trained at your gym then you could end up getting injuries from using equipment wrongly and this is why each gym has an instructor that will show you how to use it. However, if you are exercising at home, you will not have an instructor to help you and this could lead to trouble. Therefore it is really wise to make sure that you read all instructions on equipment. Even if you are exercising without equipment, make sure that you know how to do the exercise and make sure that you are doing it correctly so that you can minimise your chances of injury.