KUSA - Extreme workouts are very popular right now. They are very intense workouts that are used to get you into shape quickly. Included in this group are Crossfit, P90X, Insanity and others. And they definitely deliver on the promise to give you a great workout, but for some they are also causing them to end up in the hospital or worse. When you work out that intensely you also break down your muscles. The theory is that by breaking down the muscles they will rebuild themselves even stronger. But when muscles break down too much, especially if accompanied by the dehydration that commonly comes with exercising, the body can develop a dangerous condition known as rhabdomyolysis.
After doing extreme exercises the body's muscles break down into proteins that are released into the blood stream. It doesn't matter what type of extreme exercise is being done for this to happen. Whether you are doing long distance running, pushups, lifting heavy chains or any other forms of extreme exercise, as the muscles break down more of these proteins are released into the blood stream. From there they move to the kidneys, where they can lead to kidney failure, and the rest of the body and can cause heart arrhythmias. And surprisingly this tends to happen more often to those that are already in good shape and not typically the newbie just staring out. Part of the reason this happens is because those used to exercising on a regular basis end up pushing themselves beyond their reasonable limit when engaged in one of these intense routines.
Of course this doesn't happen to everyone participating in these types of exercise programs. But when it does happen it can be deadly, so recognition and prevention are key. First and foremost keeping hydrated is crucial. This is particularly important if workout temperatures are hot or the environment is humid or if the workout is lengthy. And listen to your body. "Rest" is not a dirty word. If your body is more sore than usual, especially during the workout, then slow down. Taking a day off won't be the end of the world and in fact would give your body important time to recover. If you do start getting muscle pain that's unusual for your stage of fitness get it checked immediately. Diagnosing rhabdomyolysis early one and starting in hospital hydration treatment is important to not only ensure your survival but also the survival of your kidneys.
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