Passion or problem? When exercising addiction

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We do not beat fitness Bush here. Admittedly, I am legally addicted to exercise. However, few, including myself, fully understand that researchers estimate this “health” fanaticism, which affects 0.3% to 0.5% of the population.

When I admit that my fitness program is ridiculous to others, their reactions usually include laughter, followed by “Oh, if I could be addicted, I hope it was that!” I usually politely and mentally Smile boiling. But even though I can not deny that my daily life is out of control.
Multiple iterations of my Rigid Fitness program – including but not limited to a two hour long sequence of the same set of yoga positions – each day to a burnout elliptical machine with a minimum of 400 calories, or a 25-minute rate hike of a Stairmaster followed by a Cybex climber Thirty minutes of meetings – over the past decade, have complete control of my life.
I’ve ended relationships, left work, lost friends, lost holidays, estranged family members, significantly angry associates, and suffered some serious injuries. And, if I did not do some odd routines (if not more) seven times a week, my entire world would collapse, entirely out of obsessive interest.

How healthy can be harmful
Addictive or not, it is undeniable, so that everyone feels better. Decrease depression, improve mood, relieve anxiety, reduce anger, relieve body aches and reduce mortality, just 10 minutes of physical exertion.

Increased physical strength, endurance and tighter waistline are other advantages that make our gym. And then through the internet, in the office and even with friends to drink a few glasses of wine, we can experience our fitness achievements.

There is no problem with incorporating these “fit” dolls into our daily decisions. But problems arise when the pursuit of these considerable benefits begins to take over our lives.

Exercise addiction often starts as a means of peer complacency to achieve a happier state: it prevents a nervous meta-analysis of the anxiety-reducing effects of acute and chronic exercise: outcomes and mechanisms. Petruzzello, SJ, Landers, AC, Hatfield, BD et al. Sports Medicine, 1991.11: 143-182. . It lessens the impact of work or school stress. It eliminates the fringes of self-awareness. Or it kicks that runner’s height, which makes you seriously think you may be super (wo) people.

Increasingly, these benefits have become increasingly difficult to obtain from the initial workout. You start to avoid using other ways to manage the vicious emotions, feel good about yourself, or find motivation to exercise non-fitness goals.

Next, you know, you often cancel plans with friends to stay longer in the gym. The idea of ??a day off makes you want to cry, and you are putting so much energy into planning your next exercise that your performance is declining. You slept badly, your temper astonishingly short, and you desperately tried to ignore the painful demands of your body and calm down.

At the same time, everyone is telling you that you look UH-maz ??ing!

Dr Marilyn Freimuth explains: “It is an important indicator of your addiction as you begin to lose control of certain behaviors – when you find yourself constantly exceeding preset limits or spending more time than expected, Psychologists and addictive authors ? Know destructive behavior before they are too late.Not enough time is available to treat the injury and failure to maintain exercise in non-fitness activities is an extra sign of unhealthy behavior.

Other indicators? Feel guilty about their sport, crave more and more exercise to achieve their original effect, and try to exercise in the same way or at the same frequency everyday.

To understand it all, exercise psychologist Heather Hausenblas, PhD. (Great Expert) and Dr Danielle Symons Downs. A motor dependence scale was designed to assess the individual’s risk of becoming addicted to exercise. Hausenblas and Symons Downs’s “EDS” model a method of determining substance addiction based on the Handbook of Mental Disorders Diagnostics and Statistics, which includes seven factors:

Tolerance: More and more activities are needed to achieve their original effect.
Retreat: Increased restlessness, fatigue, and tension when not exercising.


Intentional Implications: During most trips to the gym, exercise takes longer than expected.
Lack of control: It is difficult to shorten the duration and intensity of exercise.
“Time Spent”: Our day-to-day mass flows to fitness-related activities.
Reduce Other Pursuit: Avoid engaging in social activities that do not involve exercising, canceling a plan, or delaying work to extend exercise time.
Continue despite injury: Although your doctor repeatedly raises the eyebrows, there is not enough time for treatment.
(Curious readers may also want to reference the Workout Addiction Scale, a shorter assessment tool designed by sports psychologist Mark Griffiths, Ph.D. Some experts think it Easier to manage.

Satisfying the above criteria does not necessarily mean you are in the pain of addiction. Hausenblas explains: “A lot of people have a healthy attitude to exercise, choosing to be a trainer, or working in a gym, which is fine.” When exercise gets exhausted – when you start losing friends, giving up social activity, or not Job opportunities – your workout schedule has become a worrying thing. ”

Studies have shown that personality traits of extroversion, neuroticism and low acceptability may increase the risk of forced contact between an individual and a physical activity. After all, extroverts are more energetic and tend to be excited; neurology focuses more on appearance and health; less appetizing people are more competitive, self-centered, and for anyone who tells them to slow down A strong distrust I apologize in advance, friend, please forgive me.

Can I treat it?
According to the latest revision of Niubi, he is mentally ill diagnosed and (Statistics Handbook DSM-5) exercising the qualifications as a multi-addictive. Freimuth suggests that those seeking help may consider finding a mental health professional who specializes in reducing harm. This treatment does not require the patient to initiate serious problem activity. Instead, it helps them more flexibly integrate the activities they take into their daily lives.

I admit that exercise is not the first thing I’ve developed over-love. Yes, I think this is one of the healthier options for locking things up. Exercises give me a sense of control and confidence that I lack beyond the gym and my efforts to ensure that I “deserve” the admiration and attention of others. To do an action also gives me a good sense of concern and a clear feeling, to break the restlessness of life, and sometimes there is boundless energy.

The problem is not that I go to the gym to feel better, but now I feel better and now I need at least two or more hours of running, lifting, squatting, jumping, or gathering. The damage I do to my exercise dependence far outweighs my health and actually aggravates my anxiety. It also forces me into an isolated state, even though it looks beautiful, impressive, or empowered. Until a few months ago, I began to seek help.

Fortunately, there are some people who care about me for some time now, who love me, and who will listen to my questions. The fact is: no piece of exercise equipment can strengthen my body parts, I feel too weak, can not be seen by the community. Cardiovascular surgery can not weaken my own side, and I fear too much that others can not cope. With the help of a trusted therapist, an incredible patient and loving boyfriend, my parents and my real friend, I am learning to accept and assassinate those I’ve tried for a long time Suffocate and die

I strongly encourage anybody who thinks they may move in unhealthy ways and lend a helping hand.

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