Exercise Addiction - Is Working Out Taking Over Your Life?

Exercise is an absolutely vital tool to maintaining your health. But there is a difference between it being a passion and it being a problem. Is your relationship with exercise healthy and balanced or a borderline addiction? Find out!   A healthy relationship with exercise means you can manage your fitness in moderation. Once you've hit the gym, you feel ready for your day. If you're injured, you give your body time to recover. If you need to skip a session because of another commitment, your mind is at ease that you can make up for that missed time. You live in a realm where exercise is one of many facets of a healthful lifestyle. But if you're mind is always on your next fitness fix, you may be addicted. Feelings of anxiety when you have to miss a workout, feeling like you must burn off every calorie you intake, feeling depressed if you're forced to take a rest day...these are some symptoms of exercise addiction. People who suffer from this view exercise is the most important aspect of their lives, and they push themselves too hard to reach their goals. Here are some of the main symptoms: Withdrawal: You may experience an extreme lack of energy and moodiness, impatience and irritation when not working out. Limiting Other Pursuits:  You are limiting social engagements that aren't gym based, and cancelling plans with friends and family. It may even affect your work life, as you show up late or miss days to spend more time at the gym. Loss of Control: When working out, you may find yourself pushing your body at a rate you aren't even comfortable with. But slowing down is not an option. Exercise Addiction is a very real, very serious disorder that should be met with real and serious counselling. Seek a behavioural addictions professional to get the proper support if you meet these criteria. Have you struggled with an addiction to exercise? Share with us your personal story!

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