Injuries, exhaustion, crazy tight muscles. As extreme exercise creeps out and slow fitness rushes in, a number of conditions associated with exercising too hard and too fast have come to light: Namely exertional heatstroke in young athletes and rhabdomyolysis in everyday people looking to be fit and healthy.
"I thought my body just wasn’t used to that kind of muscle ache because it was my first class," schoolteacher Christina D’Ambrosio told the New York Times of the extreme pain she experienced after taking up spinning. As it turned out, she had rhabdomyolysis, a life-threatening condition that occurs as the result of an extreme workout.
Should regular exercisers be worried about their bodies breaking down as a result of extreme exercise? Not necessarily, but there are a few things to keep in mind.