Addicted to

Exercise

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

Diagnosis:

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

Treatment:

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.