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by Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Arthur Belebeau Do you work out every day and worry that you're "addicted?" Well, let's ask another question: Do you skip social events for an intense sweat session? Or how about being so sore or injured that you get less out of taking your favorite class? If the answers are yes, you're probably a classic overdoer. (Addicts are rare and need more help than we can offer in these pages.) To score the most from exercise, you only need to go hard three or four times a week. But in our more-is-better world, when CrossFit and killer boot camps are the norm, we fear this idea falls on deaf ears.
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The fact is, hitting the gym too often can make you less fit. And, shocker: It can even pack on pounds. "The benefits you want from working out--getting leaner, stronger, healthier--reverse when you don't take breaks," says Holly Parker, Ph.D., a lecturer in the psychology department at Harvard