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What are the signs of an exercise addiction?

  • being consumed with thoughts of exercise and weight-gain prevention
  • working out multiple times a day, often fitting exercise into your routine at any opportunity
  • loss of balanced perspective- importance of exercise trumps all other facets of life, including family, work, social obligations and other interests
  • insistence on continuing regular workouts despite injury, illness or signs of overtraining

What puts you at risk for an exercise addiction?

  • perfectionist tendencies
  • high-achieving personality
  • preoccupation with body image
  • fear of or obsession with weight gain
  • low-self esteem

What are the Risk Factors?

  • excessive weight loss
  • undernourishment
  • menstruation problems in women
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • frequent injuries
  • isolation and weakened social relationships
  • death (in extreme cases)

Diagnosis and Treatment


Most addicts do not see realize that their behavior is unhealthy. Increased fitness obsession and decreased social activity commonly indicate an exercise addiction.


An addict would first have to acknowledge that he or she has a problem. Self-control is required to treat exercise addiction in most cases. Medication and home care may also treat exercise addiction.