Walking Club Check-In: How to Know If You're Exercising Too Much

Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When you walk, it's important to listen to your body.Welcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

There's no question that exercise is good for your health, but it's also important to listen to your body and know when you've pushed it too far. Dr. Sinatra says you want to ask yourself: Is the exercise you're doing causing pain? Tight muscles? Does it hurt your posture? Is it affecting your sleep? Is it helping your breathing, digestion, vision, or other functions not normally associated with fitness?

Also, If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop immediately.

• Lightheadedness or dizziness

• Palpitations

• Shortness of breath (unable to carry on a conversation)

• Jaw pain

• Arm tingling or numbness

• Tight feeling in the lungs (bronchospasm)

You want to be aware of any symptoms that come up during or up to an hour after exercise. Dr. Sinatra says if you feel ill, stop and rest and if symptoms persist after three to five minutes of rest, seek medical attention immediately.

If you walked this week, please go ahead and record your days, miles, or time walked.

Have a great Saturday, and Keep On Walking!


Remember to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

DISCLAIMER: The content of DrSinatra.com is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

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