By Jessie Leventhal

Exercise is the key to good health. Well, up to a certain point. There is no denying that we all need it and most of us could use a little more of it, but like in anything else, too much of a good thing can be…too much of a good thing! While, exercise helps maintain a healthy body, prevents some health conditions and diseases and boosts energy and mood, it can actually be dangerous, and even life threatening, in excess.

Here at The Beauty Bean, we love to break a good sweat, feel our bodies burn and see the results from our workouts, but how do you know when your body is actually suffering rather than benefitting from your workout? Easy! The key is to listen and respond to what your body is telling you.

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You know when you feel like you just can’t do another repetition or run another minute – but you push yourself to do it anyway? Well, here’s your permission to stop and rest. According to Liz DiAlto, fitness trainer and instructor of the brand new (ass-kicking) class As*pire at Willspace, taking a break between intense training circuits is her #1 rule!

As Liz explains, it is more important to take a couple of minutes to towel off your sweat and take a sip of water than to perform an exercise incorrectly or beyond your limit. Doing an exercise wrong is not only a waste of time, but also potentially dangerous. Sure, you need to push yourself to your limit – but not past it! So, next time you feel out of breath or your muscles feel exhausted, take Liz’s advice and relax for a little. Your body and your health will thank you!

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The fact is, ignoring your body can potentially leave you with severe health issues, maybe even costing you your life. So, start respecting your body and quit fighting through an exercise that is too strenuous. Then sign up to take Liz DiAlto’s As*pire class at Willspace – it will push you precicely to your personal limit in a healthy way!

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