Is “too much” exercise risky?

I’m always talking to you about exercise. (And nagging those of you who don’t do anything to do something!)

But what about the other end of the spectrum…

Is there ever a case where you’re exercising too much?

Well, as we approach a new year and analyze our lifestyle habits, let’s talk about a “sweet spot” for my most athletic readers.

Then, we’ll reevaluate how any level of consistent exercise may extend one’s life for the more sedentary crowd.

Enjoy a longer, healthier life

Americans are advised to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise (which breaks down to about 20 minutes daily), 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous exercise, or a combination of the two each week.

But what if you surpass those recommendations? After all, some studies have suggested that long-term, high-intensity exercise may be detrimental to one’s health.

So, researchers took a closer look.

The new study of just over 116,000 participants found those who performed DOUBLEthe recommended amount of moderate or vigorous weekly activity had the lowest long-term death risk.

Meanwhile, those who completed four times the minimum recommended levels didn’t gain any additional health benefits. But—they didn’t experience any harm, either.

This is good information to have, as many people go above and beyond with their exercise routine. If that sounds like you, and as long as you’re able to safely push yourself—by all means, continue doing so.

But there’s still good news for sedentary folks…

Exercise can be fun and easy

For those who are sedentary or have a hard time achieving even a modest 20 minutes of daily exercise, don’t get discouraged.

An important takeaway message is this: Any level of consistent physical activity will offer some reduction in death risk.

Because you can gain many health benefits from moderate-intensity exercise. Even walking! (It just takes more time when compared to vigorous activity.)

Finally, remember that exercise can be FUN and EASY. Things like brisk walking, ballroom dancing, active yoga, recreational swimming, and even household chores count toward your weekly total.

Looking for a way to switch up your routine? Check out some tips in the June 2022 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives.

Until next time,
Dr. Fred


“Exceeding Exercise Guidelines Boosts Survival, to a Point.” Medscape, 07/26/2022. (