Exercise is vital and crucial for good health. It avert illnesses and is responsible for a feeling of happiness and contentment. It even helps with sleep and in developing a healthy routine. However, there does exist a term that is ‘over exerting’.Too much exercise may possibly lead to an unhealthy obsession that can turn fatal. Not so surprising if you consider that an excess of everything is bad. Exercise has many forms. It can be done in groups or individual. Group sports include games like baseball, basketball, table tennis, lawn tennis, dancing, golf, skateboarding and individual exercise can be done in the form of bodybuilding, skiing, jogging, etc. The common thing about all these sports is that all of them can be taken to an extreme. Exercising has been around since the beginning of the human race. Celebrities and other famous people are obsessed with having perfect bodies. This craze for perfect bodies and good health actually took off as a way of life in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Effects Of Over Exercising On the Brain
By now we all know, thanks to numerous TV shows and fitness blogs, that exercising releases endorphins. Endorphins are the happy chemicals inside our brain. Overjoyed feelings are a result of the speedy release of endorphins during intense workout sessions. There is a high correspondence between exercise addiction and endorphins. Endorphins work by activating the receptors in our brain. These receptors may get confused by an overly excessive release of endorphins.
Short Term Effects
The reduction of pain and increase in ecstatic feelings produces a positive response loop linked with exercise, which is thought to be a cause of addiction. This response loop also helps to clarify why the intensity of exercise escalates over time with exercise addiction.
Long Term Effects
- Neglect relationships
- Social withdrawal
- Damaged tendons
- ligaments, bones
- cartilage, and joints
- loss of muscle mass Ammhenorea
- (females) Osteoporosis Eating Disorders
- Gastrointestinal blood loss and anemia, myocardial infarction and death
Methods of Abuse
Exercise dependence or exercise addiction can be defined as “physical activity that is extreme in frequency and duration, relatively resistant to change, and often accompanied by an irresistible impulse to exercise even when injury, fatigue, or other personal demands persist.”
Signs and Symptoms of Exercise Addiction
- Interferes with daily life, your career, relationships, and physical health.
- Missing exercise causes anxiety.
- Ignoring signs of illness, injury or fatigue and continued exercise despite warnings.
- Neglecting friends and family to work out.
- Perfectionist body image and attitude toward physical self.
- Unrealistic and unattainable goals (miles run, hours worked out, calories burned, body fat percentage)
Other Common Names
- Compulsive Athleticism
- Compulsive Exercise
- Exercise Abuse
- Obligatory Exercise
- Anorexia Athletica
Withdrawal symptoms of exercise addiction are severe anxiety and depression. If you know someone around you who has exercise addiction it is best to talk it out and create awareness. The hardest part is understanding how a seemingly healthy thing can cause major trouble.