It’s common knowledge that sitting in your favorite chair all day going through bags upon bags of Cheetos like it’s the end of the world is not the most health conscious choice you could make. But it turns out that running for three hours a day isn’t the best move either.
According to a new study, too much exercise can actually be detrimental to your health. Research conducted by the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa. found that those who engage in moderate exercise (two to three hours of running per week, says one expert) are much healthier than those who don’t exercise or over-exercise.
CRI’s co-director Dr. Martin Matsumura and his team analyzed 3,800 men and women runners who were an average of 46-years-old. Seventy percent reported running over 20 miles a week, a workout regimen that can apparently cause a slew of health problems.
Unfortunately, the study did not specifically point out why excessive running is unhealthy or what the optimal exercise period should be.