Does intensely exercising right after a long state of relaxing in a non-fit person lead to negative health affects? If so, why?

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Does intensely exercising right after a long state of relaxing in a non-fit person lead to negative health affects? If so, why?

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The worst things I can think of are injury or over exhaustion which could lead to soreness and not being able to workout for a day or two after

Short term, yep, it can: [Rhabdomyolysis](https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/rhabdomyolysis-symptoms-causes-treatments#1). That’s typically people that used to be fitter, and push *way* too hard in a single workout to try to make up for lost time. It’s tough for a true novice to push themselves that hard.

Long term: not really, unless you injure yourself obviously.

It depends exactly what you mean by “intense”.

Overly intense exercise can lead to injury and other health consequences, whether you are fit or unfit. An unfit person will be more prone to that sort of thing, but it comes from overexertion, not just intensity. If an unfit but otherwise healthy person was doing a low impact exercise properly and had sufficient nutrition and hydration, intensity should not be a problem. It might not be the best way to exercise, as you would fatigue and not be able to exercise very long, but it would not be harmful in and of itself.