Exercise: When is it Not Healthy?

Most experts agree that exercise is good for us, but the right amount is key. When does exercising cross the line from healthy to becoming unhealthy? There are plenty of warning signs that you might look for when determining if exercise is healthy or not. 

The first sign that exercise has become unhealthy is a change in the affected individual. This change may be subtle at first and more noticeable as time goes by, or could be covered up, hidden from others. This change may happen in the form of the individual becoming irritable when exercise couldn’t be achieved or completed as planned or as often as they wanted. If the individual starts to exercise more and more and becomes increasingly unsatisfied, this is a red flag. 

These red flags could be a sign for compulsive exercise. Compulsive exercise can be described best as a frame of mind. When the affected individual no longer feels that they are choosing to exercise and feels obligated or compelled to exercise, this is compulsive. The individual may also feel guilt or anxiety when they don’t exercise or don’t exercise enough. Compulsive exercise will increasingly take over the individual’s life, they may miss functions, ignore phone calls, or blow off friends to be able to spend the time exercising. 

Experts agree that repeatedly exercising beyond the recommended requirements for ones’ age and fitness/activity level is a good indicator that exercise has taken on a compulsive nature. If you feel that you may be exercising in an unhealthy way or begin to have unhealthy thoughts and feelings about exercising, it’s wise to reach out and get help. By getting help, you can overcome compulsive exercising and lead the path to a healthy life. 

Reference
NA.“Compulsive Exercise”. Kids Health from Nemours.(Website).2016

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