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Exercise addiction: Five signs that show you are an addict

Addiction to alcohol is too clich , addiction to exercise is new. While there are many health benefits of exercise, excess of anything is bad. Here are few signs that you are addicted to exercise and workout regimes

Written by Paras Hemrajani | Updated : November 28, 2019 8:31 PM IST


Exercise Addiction

Benefits of exercise has turned people into addicts. Constantly thinking about how exercise will help lower the risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, is turning exercising into a pain in itself. Exercise addiction is an unhealthy obsession with physical fitness and exercise. It’s often a result of body image disorders or eating disorders. Like any addiction, exercise addiction can also release chemicals in the body, which could create a sense of pleasure or reward in the body while exercising. It has pushed the concept of rest so far away that people’s bodies have started to break. Here are few signs that indicate that you are addicted to exercise.


Working Out In Pain

Working out in pain: People who constantly workout and indulge in physical strain often experience regular muscle soreness, because the body wants to rest but addiction is leading to overuse of their joints, bones and limbs. People who are addicted to exercise work out even when in pain, which is a major sign of exercise addiction. Exercising in pain increases the risk of chronic muscle injuries like rhabdomyolysis. Also Read - LED Hair Growth Treatment: Proven Steps For Healthier, Stronger And Longer Hair


Lack Of Sleep

Lack of sleep: Exercise addiction can damage a person’s stress-response systems, which could lead to release of cortisol and adrenaline hormones. These are linked to sleeping problems like insomnia. Over-working of muscles keeps the body restless and hyperexcitable, which could also cause difficulty sleeping.


Withdrawal And Isolation)

Withdrawal and Isolation: People who are addicted to exercise cancel plans and meeting opportunities to focus on their exercise regime and spend more time training in a gym. Social isolation leads to confusion, irritability, anger, mood swings, anxiety and even depression. Also Read - Asian Tiger Mosquito: Man Undergoes 30 Surgeries After Getting Bitten


Breathlessness Even At Rest

Breathlessness even at rest: Exercising without rest can damage your heart. The damage includes thicker heart walls, arrhythmias (irregular heart rate) and scarring of the heart, which could cause elevated heartbeat even at rest. Damage to the heart can cause trouble in breathing, tightness in chest and could lead to sudden cardiac arrest.


Cause Eating Disorders

Eating disorders: Addiction to exercise can lower the levels of a hormone called ghrelin that stimulates appetite and raises the levels of peptide, which is responsible for the suppression of appetite, states Loughborough University, UK. Eating disorders make the person prone to arrhythmias, osteoporosis and other physical injuries. Also Read - 6 Advice For Diabetes Patients During The Cold Season