• Am I an exercise addict?

    Do you have a problem? Too much of anything is not good for you.

    This week has been wrought with concurrent thoughts of thankfulness and frustration. Not only is Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays, but I was very ill at the same time. My wonderful little munchkins infected me with this horrifying hodgepodge of symptoms that led to days of bed rest, followed by days of intense sore throat and laryngitis.

    I still sound like a Canadian Goose and I still can’t really exercise yet.

    While I am grateful for my slowly improving health, I am dismayed at my persistent thoughts of absolute frustration that I cannot workout! In fact, I have started to wonder if I may have a slight exercise addiction. Mind you, I don’t. In fact, I think I have a healthy habit. I love that feeling of accomplishment after I have challenged my muscles and my cardiovascular system. I also enjoy how my body feels when I am regularly getting at least 5 workouts a week. However, after I glanced at this list, I thought that this was a good topic to bring to my readers.

    Exercise addiction is not a joke. It is REAL, just as any addiction. In fact, if you have three or more of any of these symptoms, described by active.com, I would recommend that you take a step back, and/or seek professional help. Here’s the list. Have you gone over the edge?

    Rate yourself as honestly as you can below with the following checklist:

    • I have missed important social obligations and family events in order to exercise.
    • I have given up other interests, including time with friends, in order to make more time to work out.
    • Missing a workout makes me irritable and depressed.
    • I only feel content when I am exercising or within the hour after exercising.
    • I like exercise better than sex, good food, or a movie — in fact there’s almost nothing I’d rather do.
    • I work out even if I’m sick, injured, or exhausted. I’ll feel better when I get moving anyway.
    • In addition to my regular schedule, I’ll exercise more if I find extra time.
    • Family and friends have told me I’m too involved in exercise.
    • I have a history (or a family history) of anxiety or depression.

    If you have checked three or more of these items, you may be losing your perspective on running and working out. Exercise is healthy as long as it is in balance with a full life. Speak with a mental health professional or your doctor for help.

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