The holidays are in full swing, and you might think "I need to exercise more to burn off those extra calories", but is there a downfall to too much exercise ?

While it might seem odd to think that it is possible to get too much exercise, it is possible to over stress and overwork the muscles. Exercise fatigue is a common problem among those who work out for too long.

In general, it is better to avoid over-exercising because too much of a good thing can have negative effects. The common negative effects associated with too much exercise include:

* High Injury Risks: Tired muscles that are over stressed can increase the risk of injuries during and after the exercise is complete.

* Insomnia: While an appropriate amount of exercise makes it easier to sleep, too much has the opposite effect. It will make sleep a challenge.

* High Stress Levels: Over-exercising results in cortisol production after the muscles begin to become fatigued. The goal of exercise is to lower the stress hormone, but too much exercise results in an increased production of the hormone instead.

* Weakened Immune System: After a certain point, too much exercise results in a lower resistance to sicknesses.

So, how much exercise should you get? Moderate exercise is working out between 30 and 45 minutes a day. This is the best range for any type of exercise, regardless of whether it is cardiovascular exercise or weight training.

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