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Exercise AddictionWhen does exercising become too much and considered to be an exercise addiction?  Exercising is something that millions of people worldwide enjoy several times a week.  Many of these people have gym memberships, personal trainers and even home fitness equipment.

How Do You Recognize An Exercise Addiction?

Determining if someone that you care for is dealing with an exercise addiction consider the following questions:

Do you or your loved one:

  • Exercise several times a day?
  • Get highly upset if they miss even one exercise of the day?
  • Spend all of their free time working out?
  • Still consider themselves to be ugly even after they have perfected their physical appearance?
  • Have they risked their financial and educational aspects of life in order to remain on their intense exercising routine?

These signs of addiction to exercising are more predominate in some people than others and they all depend on how the person lives his or her life.  Not getting help for an exercise addiction can lead to problematic situations because putting constant physical strains on the body is not good.

Exercise Addiction Health Risks

Living with an exercise addiction can or will eventually lead to:

  • Torn muscles, ligaments, etc.
  • Mental issues with their physical appearance
  • Depression
  • Lack of self-motivation
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Obtaining a possible eating disorder
  • Social withdrawal
  • Induced Asthma

Exercise Addiction Treatment

Exercise may seem harmless to the addict, but this individual is not in his or her right state of mind.  There are many self-help treatment programs for addiction that will help you or your loved one get back on track, and the most effective approaches include:

  • Daily group and/or individual counseling
  • 12-step rehab
  • Group or individual therapy

These approaches to overcoming an exercise addiction will help you or your loved one understand the addiction and get a better understanding of how to live a normal life free from addiction.  Call now if you have questions for treating addiction.

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