What is the optimal limit for exercise? How do I ensure that I am not overdoing it? Are there any warning signs?.people take to fitness for varying reasons: to lose weight, manage health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, etc., improve mental health and tone up. The optimal limit depends on your goal. Normally, an individual requires between an hour to an hour and a half of exercise daily for overall fitness. Exercises could be done on all days of the week provided they are varied.

Neither underperformance nor overwork yields the best results. It is important to make sure you exercise in the right measure. You should work according to a plan provided by a qualified fitness trainer. An experienced trainer who knows your health history will be able to design a programme that is just right for you.

Good results and post-workout euphoria may sometimes lead to over-exercise. How do you refrain from it? Spot your fitness obsessions first and make a conscious effort to avoid them. Here is a list of obsessions/tell-tale signs that you are indulging in excesses. Watch out for them:

• You don’t want to stop; you do two or more sessions a day

• You count calories obsessively and starve

• Your health check-ups show you are anaemic

• You have started avoiding friends and social get together so that you don’t miss your workout session

• You are tired, irritable or ‘supercharged’ during the day

• You suffer from constant aches and pains which simply refuse to go away

• You get injured frequently while exercising

You should take a break once a week, rest and recover before loading the body again. Try a few variations and changes in intensities frequently and work out with buddies. C