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Posted by: deidrè  du plessis | 2011-07-11

excercise

kan ''n gesonde persoon hom dood oefen

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Hi Deidre

No, but to define "health" is tricky! There are some elite athletes who have died suddenly during exercise, and it's most often caused by an underlying condition, usually the heart, that is not visible from outside. The person has a congenital heart defect, a thickened wall, or some rare genetic condition, and then it can happen. But they're not exercising themselves to death, they are sadly dying during exercise, which is different.

We can certainly train too hard though - it's called overtraining, and that causes people to run out of energy, to become sick often, burned out, but that's never going to lead to anything even remotely fatal.

Ross

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2011-07-24

Hi Deidre

No, but to define "health" is tricky! There are some elite athletes who have died suddenly during exercise, and it's most often caused by an underlying condition, usually the heart, that is not visible from outside. The person has a congenital heart defect, a thickened wall, or some rare genetic condition, and then it can happen. But they're not exercising themselves to death, they are sadly dying during exercise, which is different.

We can certainly train too hard though - it's called overtraining, and that causes people to run out of energy, to become sick often, burned out, but that's never going to lead to anything even remotely fatal.

Ross

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