Exercise addiction is an unhealthy obsession with physical fitness and exercise. Furthermore, it’s often a result of body image disorders and eating disorders. And, exercise addicts display traits similar to those of other addicts.
Consequently, extreme weight loss and harmful health conditions related to weight loss could result from exercise addiction.
Most noteworthy, exercise releases endorphins and dopamine. Consequently, an exercise addict feels rewards and joy when exercising. Especially relevant, exercise addiction usually starts with a desire for physical fitness. And, people who feel pressured to stay in shape are at risk of developing exercise addiction. Furthermore, people who are overweight and set out on an extreme weight loss regimen are also at risk.
Most of all, common symptoms of exercise addiction include:
First of all, to prevent exercise addiction, avoid excessive trips to the gym. Also, limit your workout time and the amount of daily exercise. Finally, to let your body rest, take breaks from exercise throughout the week .
In conclusion, as much as exercising is a very healthy thing to do for you and your body, it’s important to keep it in perspective. Most of all, step back and see if you have symptoms of exercise addiction and then take steps to counteract them.
I am Lisa the content editor for fitnessreporting.com