Can Exercise Be Bad for You? 10-02

Too much exercise is a bad thing? That may be the case in some ultra active individuals that take athleticism to the next level. According to Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper’s Antioxidant Revolution, this dramatic increase in exercise may result in higher probability of free radicals harming the body. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that try to attach to stable oxygen. Excess free radicals may cause harm to the body in the form of coronary artery disease, cancers, and more. The way to combat this increase in antioxidants, essentially antioxidants “eat” free radicals. However, free radicals can also be positive, they help fight inflammation and kill bacteria. Though there are groups of people such as the elderly and the uber athletic that especially benefit from supplementary antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene. But, remember that too much of anything is not advised, the body must have a balance of antioxidants and free radicals to work simultaneously to create the ideal healthy body.