Posted on September 30 2018
Common symptoms of exercise addiction include:
feeling buzzed after exercising
experiencing withdrawal symptoms after long periods without exercise
experiencing uncontrollable desires to exercise
reducing activities in other areas of life to make time for exercise
spending long periods of time preparing for, and recovering from, exercise
experiencing an inability to stick with a reduced exercise routine
How is exercise addiction diagnosed?
Exercise addiction isn’t always easy to diagnose. Most exercise addicts don’t see anything wrong with their behavior and don’t report it. It is also not a diagnosis recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which means that there are not specific diagnostic criteria to use in its diagnosis.
Increased fitness obsession and decreased social activity commonly indicate exercise addiction. A doctor may ask you to keep a journal of your workout routines and social activities to determine if you are demonstrating abnormal exercise patterns.
What are the treatment options for exercise addiction?
In most cases, self-control is necessary to treat exercise addiction. An addict acknowledges that they have a problem and takes steps to control exercise activity.
Exercise addicts often switch to new forms of exercise or moderate their current workouts. An exercise addict may need to stop exercising for a time to gain control of the desire to exercise.
How can I prevent exercise addiction?
To prevent exercise addiction, avoid excessive trips to the gym. Limit your workout time and the amount of daily exercise.
Take breaks from exercise throughout the week to let your body rest. If you find yourself becoming obsessed with exercising talk to your doctor about what you can do.
What is the long-term outlook?
Mental and physical dedication can treat exercise addiction. Exercise addicts should avoid drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and other substances that can be addictive.
The amount of time it takes for a person to overcome exercise addiction depends on the severity of the condition.