Exercise Addictions

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You can turn anything into an addiction…

There are a whole host of addictions that have the ability to ruin people’s lives on a daily basis.

You hear about alcohol addictions, smoking, drugging, gambling, pornography, compulsive eating and even shopping addictions. Is there really such a thing as an addiction to exercising?

After all isn’t exercise supposed to be good for you? If it is an addiction, how do you know when it becomes one, or that it is destructive for you?

First off the best way to discuss addiction is look at some of the attributes of what constitutes as “true addiction“.

Once you look at the attributes, then you can come to the conclusion as to whether or not it is helpful or harmful?

What qualities make for an addiction?

Addictions can best be described as a progressive and insidious disease which happens over time. It doesn’t just happen accidentally or doing something occasionally. The user or addict begins to develop a tolerance for the substance/activity, whether it be psychological, physiological, or both.

This means that they cannot go without it for a short period of time without feeling anxious. In fact, one of the precursors to a physiological or psychological addictions is that the individual who is believed to possess an addiction will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms as soon as they try to stop using.

These might be either physiological or psychological in nature, as well as both.

It should also be noted that individuals believed to have an addiction have tried repeated times to quit using on their own or with the help of others and just can’t stop no matter how hard they try.

Thinking you can do it alone is magical thinking! They require outside help by way of counseling or support groups to help them quit.

Some individuals become psychologically conditioned to use due to environment, social factors or triggers which stimulate the use or engaging in the behavior leading to the addiction which is followed by the user’s response.  Furthermore, when the individual with an addiction has tried to quit, or has been abstinent from what they were addicted to for a period of time, relapse is often times a part of their recovery process.

Most individuals with addictions will not get it right the first, second or even third times or more without slipping back into their addictive behavior.

When you examine an addiction within this context you can quickly see that it is detrimental to one living a healthy life – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The addiction consumes them.

In light of this, the question then is, “Does someone’s need to exercise become so excessive that it overwhelms them to the point of putting their life and others around them into chaos?

Conversely, if one with the supposed “exercise addiction” is in control of how much and when they exercise, and it does not interfere with their normal, daily functioning, nor disrupt the lives of others, then perhaps it can be considered more as a lifestyle, or way of life, rather than an addiction.

If they are a better person (physically, mentally, and emotionally) because of their exercising, then it is not a bad addiction! However, if exercising is taking over someone’s life and causing him or her stress it is time for some help.

Hypnosis is an effective way to help those with exercise addictions overcome them, click here for more details.

Dr. Peter
Staff Writer
Free At Last Hypnosis

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