Anyone else addicted to the GYM/Exercise?

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    Apr 28, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    I work out heaps and maintain an active lifestyle, but when I miss a planned workout or go two days without doing any sort of exercise I begin to get a little crazy. If either of those two happens my mind begins to consume me, I feel sluggish, become irritable, and I won't be at peace until I exercise. I am worried that I may be too obsessed with the gym because of that. Anyone else feel this way, or am I just a psycho that needs help? How do I train myself to accept missed workouts or consecutive days without exercise?
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    I was until I moved here and had to put my home gym in storage.

    Now it's a chore to go downstairs and through the courtyard to the fitness room...and it doesn't have the machines I like (except for a decent dumbbell rack).
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I think that's normal once you've established a routine. When I go away on vacation for like 2 weeks and can't work out, it drives me crazy. But just remember, rest is actually good for your muscles - especially if you want to get bigger. Just don't rest TOO much icon_wink.gif

    And you only have to worry if the gym consumes your entire life. Like if you stop being social, miss functions, stop hanging out with ur friends etc. to go to the gym, then you might be obsessed. balance is key.
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    So far, yes! If I could be there right now I would. My mind goes back to what exercises I need next. Love it!icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    I usually freak out when I am sick, or something to the effect that would keep me from working out. I had wisdom teeth pulled out a few weeks ago, and was dying after not being able to keep to my schedule.
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    yup.

    Gotta find that "just balance" for best effect.
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    I was for a short period. I wasn't eating enough and I was working out like a fiend.

    Like people have said, finding a balance is better for your health and your sanity. I have one of those two, GUESS WHICH ONE
  • waccamatt

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    Apr 28, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    Yes, I get grumpy when I miss a night.
  • califun869

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    Apr 28, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    I notice that when I don't exercise at all I can't go to sleep at a decent hour. Then i stay up all night and it messed with the next day.
  • austex85

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    Apr 28, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    i have an irrational fear of getting fat every time i skip a workout. it's also partly the reason why i can never give up cardio. whenever i skip either, i feel sluggish and feel like an additional 5 lbs of fat got tacked on.
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    Apr 28, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    Haha no you don't need help man. I am and know a lot of people who are like that. It's not a negative thing. It can be difficult to balance in a relationship however...but if you are both like minded you can manage a balance.
  • mybud

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    Apr 28, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    Lifting is a stress reliever for me...To get any anxiety or anger out of my system I hit on my 60 pound punching bag until it subsides....
  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 28, 2012 8:28 AM GMT
    I have queried this a few times and I have a healthy addiction - I don't stay longer in the gym working out more than 40 minutes. I'm quite content with the gym/life balance myself.
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    Apr 28, 2012 9:00 AM GMT
    For most guys, exercise enhances their mood. Endorphins give you a healthy high and there's nothing better than exercise to do that. I think you are better off with this obession that the alternative (ie. feeling sluggish, losing strength, putting on layers of fat and feeling down). You are COMMITTED, not obsessed.
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    Apr 28, 2012 9:01 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI start getting depressed if I don't exercise, I feel like there is something that I am not accomplishing, and as soon as I exercise, the feeling goes away and I feel better


    Couldn't have said it better myself!icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:00 AM GMT
    I used to worry it would all go to pot if I missed a day or had to cut a workout short but not anymore if I can make it up that week. As for one or two week gym layoffs? I just eat extra clean and wind up rebounding in the gym as lean and strong as the day I left.
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:18 PM GMT
    I'm very paranoid about missing any work-out days (& I work-out 7 days a week). It keeps nagging at me until I return to the gym. Vacations are especially stressful; I try to do at least cardio (b/c most hotels will have at least a treadmill). I definitely think there's something wrong with being this obsessed.
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    yeah i feel guilty if I miss a day at the gym, but some days I just say screw it and sleep in...icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    Yes, for sure. It started about 6 months ago.. I just don't feel as good on non-workout days (2 days a week). Even when I go on vacation I look for a gym.

    I met a guy with the same kind of thinking... but he has a boyfriend.. dammit icon_razz.gif
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 28, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    You've got gym rat disease. Don't panic. It's a good life. Go with it.
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Do you all think straight men also share in this dilemma?
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    mybud saidLifting is a stress reliever for me...To get any anxiety or anger out of my system I hit on my 60 pound punching bag until it subsides....
    Your boyfriend only weighs 60 lbs? icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    I was supposed to take a week break from working out to give my muscles a rest. The break didnt even last an hour...
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    Chainers saidI was supposed to take a week break from working out to give my muscles a rest. The break didnt even last an hour...


    Wait, which muscles are you referring to?
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    u54imc9 said
    Chainers saidI was supposed to take a week break from working out to give my muscles a rest. The break didnt even last an hour...


    Wait, which muscles are you referring to?


    All of them.