When Hollywood actor Adrian Brody was signed to star in the movie “The Pianist” he engaged in one of the most extreme workout and diet programs in order to craft his body to fit the needs of the role he played in the movie. Combining an extreme workout regimen with virtually eating no food in a six week period, Brody, who won an Academy Award for his role in this movie lost 30 lbs. Eight years later, in order to take on the role of Royce in the movie Predators he gained an additional 25 pounds of pure muscle. The extreme workouts and diets might have garnished him Hollywood gold, however according to several medical experts the damage to his health could be long term.
"Over exercising can cause significant damage to the body," stated Dr. Theresa Fassihi from The Menninger Clinic. "It can increase the risk of injuries for both men and women. Women may be more at risk for osteoporosis if they are over exercising and restricting their food intake, and they may stop menstruating completely. Men may use steroids and protein powders to help them achieve their goals, leading to other significant health problems."
Over exercising is not a problem simply linked to actors and actresses. According to Ian Cockerill, a sports psychologist at the University of Birmingham, England, “Excessive exercise, just like an extreme diet attracts people who feel an extreme need for control in their lives. Healthy exercisers organize their exercise around their lives, whereas dependents organize their lives round their exercise.”
Over training can also lead to several emotional and relationship conditions according to Debbie Rhea, PhD, a professor of kinesiology at Texas Christian University. “People who have chronic needs to want to get bigger and bigger and bigger through intense physical training often become so preoccupied with their strength exercises that they lose their jobs, lose their spouse or significant other, and neglect their children.”
The concept of physical workouts and good diets are often very positive ways for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, however over training can lead to significant health issues. For more information about how to diagnose how a person can be potentially over training and a few helpful suggestions on how to monitor and control a workout regimen, please click the link to the BeWellBuzz.com article posted below.
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