Warning Signs of Compulsive Exercise

- Have you ever doubted if you were affected by compulsive exercise ?

Compulsive Exercise And The Eating Disorders: Toward An Integrated Theory Of Activity

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  • 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.

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    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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    Eating disorder charity beat has said that gyms and fitness centres should do more to help people who over-exercise to dangerous levels.

    Lynsey Bowman was a compulsive exerciser and went down to six stone at the age of 16.

    Newsbeat's Briar Burley has been to meet her.

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    Exercise addicts may have a very rigid fitness schedule to which they always adhere. They may compulsively exercise alone to avoid attracting the attention of others, including trainers and gym staff. Addicts will exercise even though they are sick or injured, in the end causing more physical problems for themselves. They may miss work, school, or other social obligations to exercise.

Some characteristics help to identify compulsive exercise:

The difference between healthy and unhealthy exercise is all about enjoyment. Compulsive exercisers often find no satisfaction in their athletic achievements, and they almost never do it for fun. I ask many of our callers about exercise, and they often report that at least one or both parents are compulsive exercisers whose days are "ruined" if they can't get their five-mile daily run. Exercise addicts will find time at any cost — including cutting school, taking off from work or hiding in the bathroom — to exercise.