is another result of compulsive exercising. This may sound good but, for women, it can cause some serious problems like infertility. Exercising too much, as with can cause a woman's period to stop which can cause bone loss and later osteoporosis.
Exercise is a necessary part of any healthy lifestyle, there’s no doubt about that. But could too much be a bad thing? When a person is constantly striving to attain what they consider to be the perfect body, they can soon find themselves with an unhealthy obsession. is one thing, but ignoring potential health risks is quite another. If you think you may be guilty of working out too much, it’s worth learning a bit more about compulsive exercise.
Exercise is a generally a healthy behavior that promotes wellness, however, some individuals become addicted to physical activity and engage in compulsive, excessive exercise that is extreme in frequency and both psychologically and psychosocially impairing. Exercise becomes the most important priority in the excessive exerciser's life. All other obligations and responsibilities such as families, careers, and social engagements suffer. This addiction is referred to by a variety of names such as exercise dependence, exercise addiction, obligatory exercise, compulsive athleticism, compulsive exercising, and exercise abuse.
Compulsive exercisers feel forced to exercise, often for hours every day, in order to burn calories. Doctors say up to 75% of sufferers also have eating disorders and are risking serious health problems.
A charity is calling for staff in health clubs and gyms to be taught to spot the signs of compulsive exercising.
Beat, an eating disorder support group, says trainers should be able to help clients who are putting their health at risk by burning too many calories.
Briar Burley reports.
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