Passion or problem? When exercising addiction


We didn’t beat fitness bush here. There is no denying that I am legally addicted to exercise. However, few people, including myself, fully understand that researchers estimate this “health” craze to affect between 0.3 and 0.5 per cent of the population.

When I admit that my fitness program is ridiculous to others, their reactions usually include laughter, followed by “oh, if I can get addicted, I hope so!” I usually smile politely and mentally. But even if I can’t deny that my daily life is out of control.
My it Rigid Fitness plan multiple iterations – including but not limited to the same set of yoga positions – two hours of sequence to burnout elliptical machine of at least 400 calories a day, or a Stairmaster 25 minutes to raise interest rates later is Cybex climbers thirty minutes of the meeting – in the past decade, full control of my life.
I’ve ended relationships, left work, lost friends, lost vacations, alienated family members, angry colleagues, and been seriously injured. And if I don’t do some weird routine (if not more) seven times a week, my entire world will collapse, out of sheer obsessive interest.

How bad is health
Addiction is undeniable, so everyone feels better. Reduce depression, improve mood, reduce anxiety, reduce anger, reduce physical pain and reduce mortality in just 10 minutes.

Increasing physical strength, stamina and a tight waist are other advantages of our gym. Then through the Internet, in the office and even a few drinks with friends, we can experience our fitness achievements.

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

Exercise addiction usually began as a means of companion complacency to achieve a happier state: it can prevent anxiety reduce effect of acute and chronic sport strain of meta-analysis: results and mechanism. Petruzzello, SJ, Landers, AC, Hatfield, BD, etc. Sports medicine, November 1991:143-182. . It reduces the impact of stress at work or school. It removes the edge of self-awareness. Or it kicks out the runner’s height, which makes you seriously think you might be a super (wo) person.

More and more of these benefits are harder and harder to get from the initial exercise. You begin to avoid using other methods to manage your negative emotions, feel good about yourself, or find motivation to exercise outside of your fitness goals.

Next, you know, you often cancel plans with friends to stay in the gym longer. The idea of a day off makes you want to cry, and you’re putting a lot of energy into planning your next exercise, and your performance is declining. You sleep so hard, your temper so short, you desperately try to ignore your body’s painful demands and calm down.

Meanwhile, everyone is telling you that you look great!

Dr Marilyn Freimuth said: “when you start to lose control of certain behaviors, it is an important indicator of your addiction when you find yourself constantly beyond preset limits or takes longer than expected, psychologist and author of addictive? Destructive behavior is known before it is too late. Not having enough time to heal and not being able to keep exercising during non-exercise activities is an additional sign of unhealthy behavior.

Other indicators? Feel guilty about your exercise, crave more and more exercise to achieve the same results, and try to exercise the same way or at the same frequency every day.

To understand all this, sports psychologist Heather Hausenblas, PhD. Dr. Danielle Symons Downs. An exercise dependence scale was designed to assess an individual’s risk for exercise addiction. The “EDS” model of Hausenblas and Symons Downs is a method to determine substance addiction based on the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental illness, including seven factors:

Tolerance: more and more activities are needed to achieve the original effect.
Retreat: not exercising causes anxiety, fatigue, and tension.

Intentional impact: most trips to the gym take longer than expected.
Lack of control: it is difficult to shorten the duration and intensity of exercise.
“Time spent” : our daily mass flows to fitness-related activities.
Reduce other pursuits: avoid social activities that do not involve exercise, cancel plans or delay work to extend exercise time.
Although the injury continues: although your doctor raises his eyebrows repeatedly, there is not enough time for treatment.
(curious readers may also want to refer to the exercise addiction scale, a shorter assessment tool designed by exercise psychologist Dr Mark Griffiths. Some experts think it is easier to manage.

Meeting these criteria does not necessarily mean you are in the throes of an addiction. “A lot of people have a healthy attitude,” Hausenblas explains. “it’s good to be a trainer or work in a gym.” When your workout runs out – when you start losing friends, abandoning social activities, or not working out – your exercise program has become a concern. ”

Extroversion, neuroticism and low agreeableness may increase the risk of forced contact between an individual and physical activity, research suggests. After all, extroverts are more energetic and often excited. Neurology pays more attention to appearance and health; Less appetizing people are more competitive, self-centered, and I apologize in advance to anyone who tells them to slow down, my friend. Forgive me.

Can I treat it?
According to the latest revision of Niubi, he was diagnosed with mental illness and (the statistical manual dsm-5) identified these qualifications as a multiple addict. Freimuth advises people seeking help to consider finding a mental health professional who specializes in injury reduction. The treatment does not require the patient to begin serious problem activity. Instead, it can help them integrate their daily activities more flexibly.

I admit that exercise is not the first thing I develop over love. Yes, I think it’s one of the healthier options for locking things down. The practice gave me a sense of control and confidence that I lacked outside the gym, and that I tried to make sure I “got” the admiration and attention of others. Making a move also gives me a good sense of focus and clarity, a break from life’s insecurities, and sometimes an infinite amount of energy.

The problem isn’t that I feel better going to the gym, but now I feel better, and now I need at least two hours or more of running, lifting, squatting, jumping, or partying. My dependence on exercise hurts far more than my health, actually exacerbating my anxiety. It also forces me into a state of isolation, even if it looks beautiful, impressive or capable. I didn’t start asking for help until a few months ago.

Fortunately, some people now care about me for a while, who loves me and who listens to my questions. The truth is: no piece of exercise equipment can strengthen my body parts. I feel too weak to be seen by the society. Cardiovascular surgery doesn’t detract from my own side. I’m too afraid that others won’t be able to cope. In a trusted therapist, an incredibly patient and love boyfriend, my parents and my true friend’s help, I’m learning to accept and kill the people who I have been trying to for a long time

I strongly encourage anyone who thinks they might act in an unhealthy way and reach out to help.


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