Training six hours a day can be a sign of an exercise addiction.
It may seem hard to believe, but there is such a thing as too much exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a week, or 30 minutes five days per week. A little extra exercise is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is possible to go overboard. In fact, compulsive exercise can be a sign of exercise bulimia or another eating disorder.
When It's Bad
Working out for six hours a day is a sign that you might have an eating disorder, according to the University of California Berkley. Other signs of exercise related eating disorders include constantly worrying about working out, feeling anxious when you can't go to the gym, when exercise interferes with your every day life, when your self-esteem is affected by how much you've exercised and being unable to take days off from the gym, even when you're hurt or feel sick.
When It's Dangerous
Overtraining can be dangerous to your health. This is especially true when you're not eating enough calories to fuel your exercise, you're dehydrated, you're overly tired or you're in pain. According to "She Knows" online magazine, some of the dangers of working out too much include chronic fatigue, injuries, insomnia, moodiness and irritability, insomnia, depression, sickness, anemia and headaches, among others. If you're not an athlete, you shouldn't spend a significant part of your day at the gym. After all, exercise is supposed to enhance your life and your health, not jeopardize them.
In addition to limiting your workouts to reasonable lengths, there are several other safety considerations to keep in mind when training. According to the National Center for Sports Safety, you should always eat enough to sustain your energy level. When injured, you should always consult with a doctor before hitting the gym. Don't engage in strenuous exercise, especially for long periods of time, if you're feeling sick.
Consider Why You're Working Out
Unless you're an elite athlete, training for 6 hours a day is not necessary - and even marathon runners scale back their training schedules between races. Simply getting 30 to 60 minutes of activity per day is enough to keep your healthy. If you find yourself compelled to exercise for hours and hours, consider talking to a mental health professional who can help you develop a healthier relationship with exercise.