7 Disadvantages of Physical Fitness

disadvantages of physical fitness

disadvantages of physical fitness

Gone are the times when people hardly paid heed to their bodies- their physical fitness. Carrying an enviably fit physique is the norm of the day.

Where youngsters (oldies too) today are too focused on maintaining a proper body fitness, they take it into oblivion that with pros come cons. People have developed a tendency to ignore the disadvantages, here those that physical fitness may cause to one’s body or even mind.

Below listed are 7 major disadvantages of physical fitness

1. Physical Injuries and Pain
Indulging in strenuous exercises on regular basis makes one susceptible to physical injuries. Though modern day machines are made with great care to avoid even minimal chances of injury, one cannot completely avoid them. The entire body in general and muscles and joints in particular are areas prone to injuries due to physical fitness. This may include muscle pulls, shin splints, dehydration, sprain, strain, tennis elbow, fractures etc and conditions of severe pain.

2. Stress
Stress becomes more prominent in people who lack stress handling abilities. If goals are not met, stress is bound to happen. A person becomes too vulnerable to stress if he/she exercises too hard or too often, denying their body the chance to recover completely. To avoid stress, one must study about their body first, list down the fitness targets, properly plan the right exercises needed and the time to conquer that target and finally execute the plan accordingly.

3. Over Training Syndrome
As the name seemingly suggests, over training syndrome is a condition that occurs when an athlete indulges in repeated over-straining exercises that our beyond their general capacity to foster progress. Over training syndrome affects many aspects of one’s health. Major symptoms visible due to over training syndrome are depression, sleep inadequacy and disturbances, decreased performance, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, lack of appetite, unsatisfying thirst, increased pain in muscles and joints, quick weight loss or gain and so on.

4. Changes in Eating Habits
This is the biggest change one may experience. Exercising immensely alters one’s eating habits along with the way how food is digested inside the body. In fact, exercising is proven to play certain unintelligent ‘hunger games’ with you, especially in the crucial time post intensive workout. Keeping oneself hydrated is one essential point to be noted. One may develop the urge to eat more and more i.e. binge eating followed by purging.

5. Disappointment
Apart from stress, one can encounter disappointment on non fulfillment of fitness goals. Frustration may take over a person whose various attempts at losing weight have repeatedly failed. In serious cases, this may also lead to discouragement and anxiety or even depression.

6. Social Impact
Far from what is believed, physical fitness has a negative social impact too. It forces one to have a bit of change in each part of their lifestyle. Life seems already too busy, and taking out time for exercising means lesser time for friends and family. It may lead to situation where you have to choose between partying with friends or gyming, spicy food at family get-together or a strict boiled meal

7. Time and Money
The two most precious attributes of life are what physical fitness mainly demands. Devoting half an hour a day is still inadequate. Moreover, for a target based fitness that includes attending gym sessions, dietary advice, physical trainers etc, money cost emboldens.

Though any day, the advantages of physical fitness enormously outweigh its disadvantages, one needs to carefully consider the same while planning a fitness schedule. Fitness is important for both mental and physical well being, but its disadvantages must be kept in mind.


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