So, you love to wake up at 5 in the morning and train for the upcoming marathon? Do you feel good when you’re training – even when your back hurts? You might have the curious case of exercise addiction.
What’s exercise addiction?
According to a well-known health & fitness website, exercise addiction may be defined as a obsession with physical fitness. Exercise addiction is a result of weight & body image disorders.
How much is too much?
While the answer to this question may vary from one individual’s schedule to another’s – say, for example, an athlete’s schedule or an investment banker’s schedule; your body gives you clear indications when it has had enough. Common symptoms of exercise addiction, according to WebMD are:
- Deteriorating physical activity levels
- Loss of appetite
- Elevated heart rate
In case you experience any such symptom, ensure that you consult with a doctor and get an answer.
How Can Over Exercise Harm My Health?
Exercising is great for your body. Among other things, regular exercise improves immunity, helps in weight control, and promotes better sleep. Over exercise, however, does more harm than good. If you exercise without taking proper rest, you increase the likelihood of injuries, sickness, and fatigue. Over exercising pumps adrenaline and cortisol in your body which can impact your immune system negatively.
What’s the solution?
- A simple solution to avoid exercise addiction is adequate rest
- If you’re focusing on strength training, it’s a good idea to not work on the same muscles continuously. If your focus is on cardio, make sure that stress related injuries don’t counter the benefits
- Warm up before you start exercising
- If you’re just starting with strength training, find the ideal weights for your body and work your way up
- Mix high intensity workouts with low intensity workouts
Be very careful while taking decisions that affect your physical health. As clichéd as it might sound, but a stitch in time does save nine: Exercise regularly (and judiciously), be active, and get a health insurance while you are young to save costs on future medical bills. With efficient planning, you will not be bothered by sudden health related mishaps.
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