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Moving your body is great for cardiovascular, respiratory, and overall health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who exercise regularly tend to live longer and have a lower risk for serious health problems.
There is no doubt that exercise is a good thing, but how much is too much? Some people actually have a compulsion to exercise, often to the point when it is no longer healthy. This addiction to exercise and desire to exercise obsessively may be caused by unrealistic beauty standards or a strong desire to gain muscle or lose weight. Whatever the reason, too much exercise can eventually do you more harm than good.
A 2018 study published in Missouri Medicine described a “Goldilocks Zone” for health, which is used to determine what amount of exercise is healthy and what may not be benefiting you. While the “Goldilocks Zone” was geared toward older adults, it can apply to anyone.
There are several guidelines included in the “Goldilocks Zone,” such as:
Professional athletes work out a lot, as do some regular people — but there is a line between healthy exercise and exercise addiction. Research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health defines exercise addiction as a behavioral addiction in which a person exercises compulsively to the point where they are experiencing negative effects. This is based on six criteria:
Exercise addiction is serious and should be treated accordingly. Those who suffer from exercise addiction can suffer a series of health problems that affect them for the rest of their lives. Many people with exercise addiction have co-occurring disorders, such as mental health issues or eating disorders. Exercise addiction may begin innocently but can become dangerous, especially when the person meets all six exercise addiction criteria listed above.
If you fear that you are suffering from exercise addiction, talk to your doctor or therapist. Enlisting a training coach, physical therapist, and/or nutritionist can also help you determine if you are addicted to exercise.
Exercise addiction can be devastating to your health. Some of the negative effects of exercise addiction may include weight loss beyond a healthy range, cardiovascular issues, respiratory issues, skin issues, and more. You may also notice that your family life and social life have changed. If you find yourself unable to stop exercising, talk to your doctor or therapist today. If you are also suffering from addiction or mental health issues, call us at RECO Intensive. At RECO Intensive, we understand that exercise addiction can start innocently. Most people who exercise are trying to be healthy and reap the benefits of moving their bodies. But when the consequences start to outweigh the benefits, our professional staff and experienced alumni at RECO Intensive are here to help. We offer addiction treatment, a myriad of therapies, and a plan that is catered specifically to you. Call us today at (561) 464-6533 for more information. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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