Every year right after the holidays, many join the gym, go on a diet to shed the pounds gained during holiday indulgences, and make it a New Year resolution to get back in shape. In America, when it comes to fitness regimes, like career and financial success, more is better. Ultimate fitness is defined by a lean and muscular physique achieved through long and intense hours in the gym. For many, the idea of replacing CrossFit workouts or marathon training programs with more gentle forms of exercises like taichi or ki-gong would be close to sacrilege, boring, or just a plain waste of time. But what is the true cost of this intensity?