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REXBURG- A new study done by researchers at Brigham Young University Idaho shows that physical exercise may actually be detrimental to physical and mental health.

A team of 14 BYU-I students and faculty spent over six months observing the short and long term consequences of working out. Their findings are shocking.

“Nobody realizes the damage that an hour at the gym can do to your system,” said researcher, Dr. Dave Walton. “People think they can do a little harmless muscle molding but don’t realize the negative consequences they will face within minutes of their workout.”

The negative consequences that Walton’s research team identified include:
-Radical spikes in the cardiovascular system
-Shortness of breath
-Excruciating muscle aches and pains
-Decreased mobility and agility
-Increased tendency to complain
-Social rejection

“Every time you lift heavy things you are literally tearing apart your muscles,” said Walton. “Doing so causes extreme trauma to your system, resulting in extended pain that could leave you incapable of even lifting your toothbrush. After that, you tend to whine about how sore you are. You think people will pity you, but they don’t. That psychological blow may be the most tragic consequence of all.”

Walton continued to explain that as a subject’s complaints about sore muscles are met with apathy, they feel the need to validate themselves by working out even more until they have become what Walton calls “a complete and utter tool.”

One former exercise enthusiast said, “It’s crazy how fast your whole life can turn around. One time I went to the gym and within an hour I couldn’t even lift my arm to open the cupboard where I keep my protein powder. I never thought that I could be so weak.”

This example is consistent with the research that Walton and his colleagues have conducted. “It’s the same for everyone,” he said. “Take a person to the gym. The next day ask them how they feel. Awful. Exercise just isn’t worth it.”

Walton hopes that his team’s research will help others recognize the danger that may lie in a little “harmless” exercise. 

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