Endurance training: Is it bad for you?

Giuseppe Morici, Maria Rosaria Bonsignore, Maria R. Bonsignore, Giuseppe Morici, Alessandra Castrogiovanni, Claudia Irene Gruttad'Auria, Emilia Mazzuca, Pierpaolo Baiamonte

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Endurance exercise training exerts many positive effects on health, including improved metabolism, reduction of cardiovascular risk, and reduced all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Intense endurance exercise causes mild epithelial injury and inflammation in the airways, but does not appear to exert detrimental effects on respiratory health or bronchial reactivity in recreational/ non-elite athletes. Conversely, elite athletes of both summer and winter sports show increased susceptibility to development of asthma, possibly related to environmental exposures to allergens or poor conditioning of inspired air, so that a distinct phenotype of “sports asthma” has been proposed to characterise such athletes, who more often practise aquatic and winter sports. Overall, endurance training is good for health but may become deleterious when performed at high intensity or volume.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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