A 33-year-old male asked:
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could exercise overtraining (think intensive physical training for hours a day) lead to concentration or memory problems for a day or two?

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Dr. Stephen Kibrick
45 years experience Clinical Psychology
Possible, not likely: Heavy exercise may cause fatigue-related mental issues, possible difficulties in concentrating. But rest should restore your mental sharpness. Perhaps consider moderating your workout for a week and see if your memory and concentration improves. Aerobic exercise (cardio workout, treadmill, etc.) generally improves mental acuity due to improved blood flow to the brain. Good luck!
Answered on Dec 15, 2016

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