Study Finds Too Much Exercise Could Be Counterproductive

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago found that white men who exercised at least 7 and a half hours a week were 86 percent more likely to experience a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

“Those who are sort of in the ‘super-exercise’ category, meaning they exercise way more than 150 minutes a week, had the highest amount of calcium in their arteries when they did the CT scans,” says SLU Care’s Dr. Michael Lim, a cardiologist at SSM Health-SLU Hospital. “So it seemed to be counterproductive to exercise more than the recommended amount.”

The recommended amount, Lim says, is three to five times a week, 30 minutes at a time.

These study results did not apply to black men however, with researchers saying they’re not sure why.

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