Balance Is the Name of the Game

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Byline: Dr GEORGE RAE

WE are into the festive season, and to me that has connotations with almost the most magical word in the English language - balance.

In no way do I want to be a killjoy, but eating and drinking excessively can lead you to pay a penalty afterwards.

Many regular followers of the column will have noted me writing on more than one occasion that exercise is the elixir of life.

Having said that, it would seem that even exercise is not immune to the magical word 'balance'.

It is now being shown that over-exercising can bring 'the finish line of life' a bit quicker than you may possibly would like.

Sound unbelievable? Well, across in America heart specialists have undertaken a study on the health of runners.

And while they have concluded again that moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk or jogging, is good for your health they are now stating that too much exercise is actually bad for your heart.

This recent research comes from the journal HEART, where the findings are indicating that intense exercise which goes on for on over an hour can cause scarring in the heart muscle and on occasions increase the chances of some heart rhythm disturbance. …

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