Yes…it’s possible! The term “addiction” give us images of people in dark rooms, listening to bad music and sticking needles in their arms, but many addicts can be found in the gym or on the neighborhood school track, getting just as addictive a fix. Actually, the positive nature of the word “healthy” makes health addiction all the more alluring. Regardless of the positive media, health addicts have done as much damage to their families and lives as any other kind of addict. On this page, we’ll look beneath the surface of health addiction and find a path to recovery.
How Can Something SO EXCELLENT Be Bad? Inside our modern Western culture, those willing to pay the purchase price for fitness are to be applauded. There are just so many temptations to do otherwise. Exercise is mostly boring, painful and smelly, so those who endure it for about an hour, 3-5 days a week, have achieved a level of discipline most only imagine.
Health and fitness addiction is not about health or fitness…it’s about a compulsion to use healthy activities to fill a void we see in ourselves. Addicts are compelled, not disciplined. The addictive chemicals involved with exercise are much the same as those in sex and porn addiction. This might explain why many people suffer from both sexual addictions and health addictions.
Types Of Health And Fitness Addiction: They are addictions to the activities of health and fitness, instead of it, Internet and shopping addictions that could involve health themes. Health and fitness addictions are compulsions to engage in “healthy” activities, like exercise, dieting, etc. In fact, anorexia and bulimia nervosa have both been described as severe health addictions. Two key outward indications of these mental disorders are exercise and dietary control to a compulsive and excessive extreme. The precise exercise or diet program doesn’t matter. It’s an addiction once you feel compelled to do it.
HOW DO YOU Know I’m Addicted? We addicts don’t often recognize addiction just because a common symptom of addiction is denial, which is even better to have about health. That’s why it’s easier to find out from a friend or cherished one if you have a problem of this type. For health addiction involving eating, see Anorexia Nervosa Quiz. Here are a few things to watch out for concerning fitness exercise addiction:
1. Do you regularly save money than 8 hours a week exercising and is the time you spend increasing?
2. Does your exercise schedule hinder normal family activities, home or work responsibilities?
3. Do friends or family complain concerning the time or money you spend on fitness?
4. Have you wondered if you are being too compulsive about your fitness routine?
5. Have you lied to your loved ones, friends, or employers concerning the time you spend in fitness activities?
6. Do you often see fitness in an effort to gain acceptance or praise from others?
7. Have you ever pushed so difficult in your fitness routine you hurt yourself?
In the event that you answered yes to any of these questions, you should think about yourself vulnerable to addiction. In the event that you answered yes to 3 or more, you’re probably addicted.
How Do I GET OVER Health And Fitness Addiction? That is the effect of a negative self-image, like any addiction. Instead of alcohol, you use exercise to fill a void you feel in yourself. Because the relief produced by exercise is only temporary and you also become conditioned, you need regular increases in the experience to produce the same relief. Unlike alcohol, some fitness activity is required for health, so, you can’t just quit. Instead, we need to hold ourselves to no more than an hour a day, 3-5 days a week.
Spend all of those other time you used to exercise going to AA or other addiction meetings and engaging in self-development activities. You could read, get back to school, join a volunteer group. You can take up a hobby, like gardening or building model airplanes. To greatly help in building yourself up, avoid negative mental inputs, like the news, drama, negative, insulting friends. Replace those with good music or reading or other activities that build you up. Push all of the negative, self-defeating, limiting thoughts from your mind with positive, uplifting, encouraging thoughts.
Because there are risks that health and fitness addiction could become full-blown anorexia, if you try and fail to get a handle on your addiction, please see a doctor. Sometimes medical and psychological therapy can prevent a far more serious condition from developing, and allow you the mental energies you should get control of yourself.
Health and fitness addiction could be just as severe as any addiction. It can imprison us into destructive, compulsive activities. autism We are able to place our families, our careers, even, ironically, our health and wellness at risk through dependence on exercise and other fitness activities. The good thing is, there is hope for anyone willing to reside in and work on recovery.