Are You An Exercise Addict?

The gym is not the sort of place people like to show weakness and, while this can be a great motivator, it can also lead some people to go too far. According to one study as much as 42% or gym goers were affected by an exercise addiction. For these people, regular, healthy exercise is not enough; they have to set extreme goals, exercise for hours daily and see resting or leisure as eating into exercise time.

Some are addicted to the endorphins; others simply want to feel better about themselves. Rather than a healthy habit, exercise becomes a coping mechanism to beat worry, heartache and feelings of low self-esteem.

Of course, too much exercise isn’t good for you. It can result in a loss of interest in important daily activities, weakened joints, a depressed immune system and, ultimately, injury and illness.

Here’s what to look out for:

  • Cancelling social engagements and prioritising exercise over loved ones
  • Exercising when injured or unwell
  • Being told that you’re overdoing it
  • You define happiness by your level of fitness.

If this sounds like you, it might be time to talk to a professional trainer to get advice on how much exercise you should be doing, or even a counsellor to see if there’s an underlying emotional or mental issue causing you to over-exercise.

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