We discuss here Health and Fitness Addiction. Yes it is possible! The word “addiction” gives us pictures of people in dark rooms, listening to bad music and sticking needles in their arms, but many addicts can be found at the gym or at the local school track, where they get an equal dose of addiction. Despite the positive means, health addicts have done as much damage to their families and lives as any other type of addict. In this article, we’ll look beneath the surface of health and fitness addictions and find a path to recovery.
How can something so good be bad? In our modern Western culture, those who are willing to pay for physical fitness are worthy of praise. There are many temptations to do the opposite. Exercises are often boring, painful and smelly, so those who have endured them for about an hour, 3-5 days a week, have attained a level of discipline most only dream about.
Health and fitness addiction isn’t about health or fitness… it’s about the compulsion to use healthy activities to fill the void we see in ourselves. Addicts are forced and not disciplined. The addictive chemicals that go into exercise are very similar to those found in sex and porn addiction. This may explain why so many people struggle with sexual and health addictions.
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Types of health and fitness addictions: These are addictions to health and fitness activities, as opposed to addictions to TV, Internet and shopping which can involve health problems. Addiction to health and fitness is a compulsion to participate in “healthy” activities, such as exercise, diet, etc. In fact, anorexia and bulimia have been described as a dangerous addiction to health and fitness. Two of the main symptoms of these mental disorders are compulsive disorder and excessive exercise and diet control. It doesn’t matter the specific exercise or diet plan. It’s addictive when you feel compelled to do so.
How do I know I am addicted? We often don’t recognize addicts because one of the common symptoms of addiction is denial, which is easier to deal with in terms of health. This is why it is easier to find out from a friend or family member if you have a problem in this area. For a healthy addiction that involves eating, see the anorexia nervosa test.
Here are some things to keep in mind regarding exercise addiction:
1. Do you regularly spend more than 8 hours a week exercising, and increase the time you spend?
2. Does your exercise schedule interfere with normal family activities or home or work responsibilities?
3. Do friends or family complain about the time or money you spend on fitness?
4. Have you ever wondered if you are too compulsive about your fitness program?
5. Have you lied to your family, friends, or employers about the time you spend in physical activities?
6. Do you often see decency as a way to gain acceptance or praise from others?
7. Have you ever been so stressed out in your fitness program that you hurt yourself?
If you answered yes to 3 or more, you are probably addicted.
How do I recover from my health addiction and exercise? Instead of alcohol, use exercise to fill the void you feel in yourself. Since relief from exercise is only temporary, and you condition yourself, you need regular increases in activity to produce the same relief. Unlike alcohol, a certain amount of physical activity is required for health, so you can’t stop doing it. Instead, we have to limit ourselves to no more than 1 hour a day, 3-5 days a week.
Spend the rest of your exercise time by going to AA or other addiction meetings and participating in self-development activities. You can read, go back to school and join a group of volunteers. You can take up a hobby such as gardening or building aircraft models. To help build yourself, avoid negative mental input such as negative and offensive news, drama, and friends. Replace it with good music, reading, or other strengthening activities. Clear all negative and self-destructive thoughts from your mind with positive and encouraging thoughts. Health and Fitness Addiction