7 Reasons To Skip A Workout

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By Beth W. Orenstein
Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, M.D., M.P.H.

Regular exercise provides many health benefits, from improving your mood to decreasing your risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and many other conditions. But when it comes to fitness, more is not always better -- your body needs rest, too. In fact, over-exercising can be just as unhealthy as not getting enough, says Jeannine L. Stuart, Ph.D., president of AREUFIT Health Services in Malvern, Pa.

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Wondering if you're pushing yourself too hard? Here are some signs and symptoms that you may be overtraining and need to take a rest day or two.

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