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Health goes beyond the absence of illness. It is also about the optimisation of every aspect – physical, mental and social. Exercise plays a huge role in improving all of these aspects. However, getting yourself drawn too much into exercise can also be detrimental to your daily life in some ways.
One can be a motivated exerciser and another one can be an exercise addict. To be successful in life, you need to be both dedicated and determined. Yet, there is a thin line between being motivated and addicted.
If you’re aiming to improve your athletic performance, in usual cases, increasing the training load is required. Preparing for, say, a marathon or triathlon, you’d want to train more.
But among those who exercise a lot, what distinguishes a healthy level of commitment from exercise addiction?
Struggling to Exercise…Less
For most people, one of the greatest challenges in life is to stay motivated to exercise or get enough exercise. On the other hand, there are a few who actually struggle with the opposite of this – they exercise too much!
But come to think of it. While many people come up with countless excuses not to exercise and just going to the gym can be a struggle, wouldn’t it be a good problem to have if you’re addicted to exercise?
Too much exercise isn’t necessarily the same thing as being healthy.
So how does a dedicated exerciser really differ from an exercise addict? Is it in the intensity or time spent on exercising?
There are thousands of people who go to the gym and spend more than 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week, and most of these people are by no means exercise addicts.
So What Makes Someone an Exercise Addict?
An exercise addict is someone who has lost her balance. She values exercise too much that the other things that give life meaning are being neglected – work, friends, family, community involvement, etc.
Exercise becomes an obligation and excessive.
Exercise addiction may start off with health motivators and a positive mental connection to exercise. It’s not a doubt that exercise provides a lot of benefits to our health. It makes you feel good about yourself.
However, not all the benefits you want to achieve can be obtained from the initial amount of exercise you engaged in. So you would tend to push more…
Eventually, you’ve come to a point that you’re regularly cancelling plans with your friends so you can stay longer at the gym. You don’t know what ‘day off’ means anymore. Your performance at work is getting low because you’re thinking too much about what your next workout would be. You can’t sleep well, your temper is becoming short, and you’re no longer listening when your body tells you to rest.
It’s not that bad to exercise a lot, but you should know when to stop. Before you turn into an exercise addict (if you are prone to being one), avoid excessive trips to the gym. Put a limit on the amount of your exercise.
Remember that taking breaks so your body can rest will make you feel better. And most importantly, don’t forget that there is life out there. Spend some time with your loved ones. Exercise won’t go anywhere.
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Addiction to Exercise British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017