Signs That You May Be Addicted To Exercise

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Weight Loss

Are You Going Too Far?

Exercise addiction is becoming more and more common and it can sneak up on you when you least expect it. If you think you might be overdoing it, read on to find out the signs and symptoms that may indicate you have a problem.

Health experts have lectured us for years about the importance of exercise in maintainig health and longevity. Not only does it help you to lose weight, it also plays an important role in maintaining optimal brain health. But how much is too much? With all the conflicting information out there as to what we should be doing, how, when and where, it’s no wonder we’re all scratching our heads.

I’m a big advocate for exercise. But like anything, you can take it too far. If physical exercise becomes a means to an end then you may be in danger of losing the big picture. I’ve always believed that doing something is better than doing nothing, and I stand by that belief; but I also think it’s important to have a balance. There’s no point doing something to such an extreme that if affects other areas of your life in a negative way.

I am by no means an exercise addict; in fact I think I’ve confessed a number of times that on many occasions I do have to drag myself to the gym. But drag myself I do, and I’m never disappointed. Once I’m there everything is great; I work hard, do my stuff and go home.

Some people might say that’s too much (I do this 7 days per week), but at the end of the day, I’m healthy and fit, it doesn’t take too much out of my day and I get a real benefit from it; so…… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

How do you know if you’re doing too much exercise? Over-exercising can cause real health problems, so only you can make the call as to whether you are over-extending yourself. Start by asking yourself ‘why am I doing this?’

For example, are you desperate to lose more weight? If it is taking too much of your time or are you overtired because of it then you have to consider whether it’s all worth the effort. Our bodies are always communicating with us, and what may be right for one person could be completely wrong for another.

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Fear or anger when your exercise routine is prevented;
  • Avoiding socialising in favour of working out;
  • Anxiety and irritability;
  • Depression;
  • Always trying to go harder, faster, further;
  • Chronic injuries;
  • Negative affect on relationship;
  • Negative affect on career or work performance;

Some people who have exercise addiction also abuse laxatives or they may have an eating disorder. If you think your exercise regime might be getting the better of you, be sure to get help from a Melbourne hypnotherapist.

At the end of the day, listen to your body and evaluate the benefits you are getting from your exercise routine. If it’s starting to impact other areas of your life in a negative way then it’s probably time to cut back.