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How much sport is too much sport?

Someone asked whether they should do weight lifting or swimming as a sport. A lot of people sugested both.
My question is, how much sport is too much sport? When I was 17 I used to swim 3 times a week, plus go to rugby practice another 3 times a week and play on weekends.
On Saturdays I slept like a log and I am wondering of that wasn't also affecting my school work (I was a bad student, so I wasn't able to tell).
So, how much sport can a normal 9 to 5 joe handle before it starts to take a toll on normal life?

Yes, I know it depends and MMMV, but I am looking for your observations and experiences.
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 7th, 2006 5:56pm
I usually call it quits when I start to sweat. If my body is excreting fluids just to compensate for the stress it is undergoing then I figure I should tone it down.

*crazy face*
Permalink Send private email JoC 
September 7th, 2006 6:25pm
I think thats the wrong reason for quitting. Your body starts to sweat to cool itself down, and it will always warm up when you're doing exercise.
When I lifted weights they told that the right moment to stop doing cardio and start lifting was when you started to sweat.

And I was asking the question more on the grand scheme of things angle, not for a particular session.
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 7th, 2006 6:33pm
I've been reading a bit about this recently and aparently you  should be doing 30 minutes to an hour a day.

I just go to the gym and swin every other day. Seems to work
Permalink what are you reading for? 
September 7th, 2006 6:36pm
Going 3 times a week and do your thing is the recommended amount for most sports. Maybe going 6 days a week is pushing it?
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 7th, 2006 6:37pm
Yeah 6 times a week is overdoing it.

3 gym sessions, 3 swim sessions :)

My body would be *fucked* if I did something 6 times a week
Permalink what are you reading for? 
September 7th, 2006 6:40pm
3-5 hours per week is probably a reasonably maintainable goal over long term (1-year plus).

I read that the neurologist Oliver Sachs swims one mile a day. And has been for decades. That, or its equivalent, seems like a maintainable goal.
Permalink Send private email just me 
September 7th, 2006 7:01pm
Q: How much sport is too much sport?
A: Any at all.
Permalink Lazy bastard 
September 7th, 2006 7:56pm
When I was single and did triathlons, I was doing 3-4 hours of training per day. Hour of bike or hour of running + 1 hour of swimming, 5 days per week. Plus 1.5 hours of yoga. I was 30 at the time. Now I just do yoga and cycling. Around 2 hours per day.

Unless your body is totally fucked, you can probably train more than you realize. The problem for most people is not that they can't physically do it, its just that they aren't really into it.
Permalink _ 
September 7th, 2006 8:57pm
Sarcasm is the child left behind here. :)

I don't think there is a such thing. So long as you're happy doing it.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
September 8th, 2006 9:55am

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