Is it possible to become "obsessed" with exercising?

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    Dec 08, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    post body pics, I wanna see how youre lookin. and see if all ur exercise is paying off.
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    Dec 24, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    Any behavior can be diagnosed as an addiction. The defining characteristic would be if the behavior becomes obsessive, compulsive, or causes dysfunction in a person's life. For a psychiatrist, this would be defined as a "behavioral addiction." There's a strong correlation between eating disorders and maladaptive exercise behaviors. I'd say if it's having a negative impact on your relationships, your job, or your life, it's time to reevaluate it.
  • Camz03

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    Jan 06, 2013 7:54 PM GMT
    This is what I always tell people when they ask me for advice on getting into fitness:

    Fitness isn't a hobby. It's not some short-sighted 3-month goal. It is a lifestyle. Your eating habits will shift and become healthier in general, BUT you still have to have that piece of cake now and then. No one can stay on a "diet" forever.

    I suppose what I am trying to say is your fitness needs to blend into your life. The more congruent, the better. That is balance. If you want to go further, that is then dedication I suppose.

    I got to the point where I wouldn't like to stay over at friend's places too often because I couldn't eat as frequently as I would like and their food was always junk food or food with little nutrition. They thought this was weird and that I was becoming a bit obsessive. I wondered for a while too if I was being a bit crazy, but honestly I think it's alright to be dedicated to it.

    However, the rate you're going at sounds like it could soon border on obsession. If you start becoming unable to commit to any social events, neglect your boyfriend, and become distressed when work or other events limit your ability to eat and workout, you may need to find some strategy where you can compromise some of the time. Don't forget to live life in between the workouts.

    All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. This applies to exercise, too.
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    could be just the endorphin rush... but you did say you feel good after the exercise.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jan 06, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    Yes, definitely. Any activity can potentially become an addiction.
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidLet's see your body- maybe you're working out harder no smarter.icon_idea.gif
    This is a great point. As the saying about exercise goes, "harder isn't better ... better is better."
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Lincsbear saidYes, definitely. Any activity can potentially become an addiction.
    But is it necessarily a bad thing?


    If you're aware of it, no. One can become addicted to healthy eating or meditating, so I don't see a problem there...
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    Everybody gets old and constipated...

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    Jan 06, 2013 8:12 PM GMT
    Tenebrism said
    MikemikeMike saidLet's see your body- maybe you're working out harder no smarter.icon_idea.gif
    This is a great point. As the saying about exercise goes, "harder isn't better ... better is better."


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    Jan 13, 2013 1:42 AM GMT
    i was heading down that road, so i try to take days off, 2 per week to be exact....... and every now and again, a week off, just let it sag out... eat well, but like at christmas just chill....

    i think it prevents plateuing, and its easy to pick it back up..

    obsessive are things like 6 packs..... that is obsessive, sorry guys, you know who you are..