How to Diagnose and Cure Exercise ADD:
What Is Exercise Add?
Exercise addiction is a condition where individuals engage in excessive amounts of physical activity without any apparent benefit or desire to do so. This can include anything from running marathons, weight lifting, swimming laps at the pool, playing sports etc. There are many different types of exercise addiction including aerobic (swimming), anaerobic (jogging) and muscular (running).
The symptoms of exercise addiction vary depending on the type of exercise. For example, some individuals will experience no negative effects while others may suffer from fatigue, headaches, nausea and other side effects such as insomnia. Some people with exercise addiction have even gone so far as to avoid exercising altogether due to their lack of enjoyment in doing it.
However, there are certain things that everyone needs to understand before they attempt to treat themselves or someone else for this condition.
There are several factors that contribute to whether or not someone suffers from exercise addiction. These include:
Age – The older one gets, the less likely they are to become addicted. However, if they already have developed a habit of doing too much exercise then it becomes harder to break through it. Also, some people develop a tolerance which means that over time they need more and more of the activity in order to feel any positive benefits.
Gender – Men are more likely to suffer from exercise addiction than women because there is a greater emphasis on competition in men. This is the reason why there are less female bodybuilders and other sports stars than males.
Enviorment – Children who grow up in a sedentary family are less likely to become addicted to exercise because they will naturally start exercising anyway. Those who grow up in a more sporty family are more likely to become addicted as they will feel a lot of peer pressure to keep up.
Genetics – Some people are just naturally more prone to developing exercise addiction than others. While there is no known genetic link, research has shown that those with certain personality types or those who have existing mental health issues are more likely to become addicted.
Types of Exercise Addictions
There are a number of different types of exercise addictions though the most common include:
Aerobic exercise addiction – This is the most common type of exercise addiction and involves activities that require a high amount of endurance such as running, aerobics, swimming and various other sports. These individuals usually experience many of the negative side effects due to their excessive activity.
Anaerobic exercise addiction – This type of exercise addiction involves shorter bursts of intense activity and is normally found in sports that require strength such as weight lifting, sprinting, boxing and other similar activities. These individuals are normally less likely to suffer from the negative side effects due to their more measured approach however they can still experience a wide range of different symptoms.
Muscular exercise addiction – Muscular exercise addiction involves the over-development of specific muscles and as a result, these types of activities normally fall under the bodybuilding umbrella. The risk of developing a muscular addiction is normally related to how easy it is to spot improvements in the physique and so individuals who do not work out in front of mirrors or have others around them are less likely to develop a problem.
Flexibility exercise addiction – This type of exercise addiction involves activities that stretch the muscles and tendons. These types of exercises normally include sports such as yoga, pilates and other similar activities. Due to the fact that these activities do not involve as much impact on the body they are much less likely to lead to physical problems.
Treatment for exercise addiction normally involves holistic approaches and may include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – This approach helps patients to analyze their behavior in order to identify certain triggers that cause them to feel the need to exercise and other negative habits. They are then given tools that allow them to recognize these feelings and deal with them in a more productive way.
12 Step Program – These programs are modeled on the Alcoholics Anonymous program and use a style of peer support and group therapy to help exercise addicts help each other fight their addiction. These programs are effective due to their similarity to other anonymous programs such as those for gambling addictions.
Holistic Approach – In some cases, an exercise addict may also suffer from other psychological issues and these will need to be treated first before any real progress can be made with the addiction. This normally includes in-depth therapy sessions designed to uncover any possible deeper issues.
The key to remember is that even though exercise is good for you in almost all cases, it is still possible to develop an addiction to it. If you feel like you are becoming obsessive with a particular type of activity then you should seek help before you develop any complications.
Exercise Addiction Treatment Recovered Addicts Advice
Exercise addiction can be one of the easiest addictions to fall into simply due to how easily available an accessible exercise is in most areas. If you don’t take the necessary steps to protect yourself then it’s easy to slip into a problem that you won’t be able to get out of without help.
The best way to protect yourself against developing an addiction to exercise is to set clear boundaries for yourself and stick to them. If you don’t have any physical limits for how long or how often you are allowed to exercise then it’s only a matter of time before they get stretched too far and you end up falling over the edge.
The best way to set these boundaries is to choose a certain activity and limit yourself to doing that only a certain number of times per week. Choose an amount that is realistic for you but not so much that you won’t feel the desire to do it at all. For example: choosing to go running twice a week is reasonable since it fits in with most people’s lifestyles but choosing to run five miles every day of the week might be too much and cause you to burn out.
Once you have chosen your limit, stick to that even on the days that you really feel like pushing past it. It can be hard to do this when you are first starting out but in time it will become easier and easier until it’s natural for you. By setting these physical boundaries for yourself, you give yourself a clear guideline to stop you from over-exercising which in turn protects you from developing a full blown exercise addiction.
Stop Your Exercise Addiction Today
If you are already suffering from an exercise addiction, the best thing that you can do is to seek immediate professional help. There are many different types of health care professionals out there that can help you including psychologists, doctors and other experts. The important thing is to find someone that you feel comfortable with so that you can get the help that you need to beat this problem once and for all.
Set a Boundary for Yourself – Don’t Exceed X Times Per Week or X Hours Per Week (Choose a Physical Activity You Love, Like Jogging, Swimming, Cycling, Etc. For This Boundary)
Do Not Exceed This Boundary – If You Do, Then Go See a Health Professional to Get Help
(Recommended that You Visit Your Doctor Before Starting Any Form of Exercise)
I Look Forward to Hearing Your Success Story
Oliver R. White
P.S. The key thing that helped me was setting myself firm boundaries and not exceeding those.
By doing this I was able to cure my exercise addiction without any major problems. All you have to do is take my advice and you can do it too.
P.P.S You can read more about exercise addiction by visiting the resource page on my site.
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