Addiction of any kind is unhealthy for the body-
be it even exercise. Exercise addiction is a disorder, often working in
conjunction with a more familiar eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia.
Working out at the gym everyday could lead to a physical addiction to exercise,
according to a study. This flip side to good intention is also called 'exercise
WHAT IS EXERCISE ADDICTION?
While most of us are concerned with obesity and
a sedentary lifestyle it is important that we pay some attention to exercise
addiction as well. Running on a treadmill for hours, running up and down
countless number of stairs, jogging for miles together can have an adverse
effect on your health.
To the common eye it may appear that these
people have a lot of commitment to good health, but actually the scene is
completely different. These people have a fear of putting on weight and hence
they push themselves too hard and end up injuring themselves. Amita
Agnihotri, Director Communications of Fitness One India limited says,
you exercise, your happy hormones get released so you tend to get addicted to
it. So more than half an hour to 45 minutes of exercise, four to five times a
week is not recommended. The human body
does not respond beyond forty five minutes. Overdoing of weight training leads
to muscle pulls and rupture of ligaments."
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF EXERCISE ADDICTION
The exercise addict needs exercise.
Unfortunately this can affect both physical and emotional health of a
person. Too much exercise makes you
more prone to cold and the bones also suffer badly. "I have seen many ladies
whose menstrual cycle has become irregular because of over-exercising. But this
is just temporary. Once you lower the impact of exercising, the cycle becomes
normal. Similarly, more than 15 to 20 per cent of body mass index is bad for
health just as less than 15 to 20 per
cent of weight is equally harmful," says renowned gynecologist from Mumbai,
Dr. Ambarish Warty.
High intensity exercise if done on a regular
basis can lead to severe damage. It can lead to permanent soreness in various
parts of the body. Instead of energizing you it can lead to constant lethargy
or fatigue. Over exercising can lead to
stress and hormonal imbalance as well.
FACTOR AND EXERCISE ADDICTION
Most of the fanatics are women and men in the
age group of thirty-five to sixty. All are scared of aging in a beauty oriented
society. They are basically people who are unhappy about their physical
appearance and their life. They push themselves hard to look good and most
importantly to look young.
"Exercise addiction is addiction like eating
disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Exercise addicts are not willing to
compromise on their workout schedule be it what ever exercise comes their way.
I had a couple who came to me and the husband had to say that his wife works
out for at least three to four hours a day without fail and has absolutely no
time to even talk to him. She even constantly pushes her husband to workout.
Her fitness schedule is affecting their marital life," says Psychologist Dr.
These kinds of people are emotionally consumed with the
thought of exercising and a feeling that he or she is not doing enough.
Dr. Chabria adds
, "Exercise obsession is
getting so severe these days that there was a young girl who came to me saying
that she is so upset with her mother's recent behavior. Everyday when she wakes
up in the morning she sees her mother taking out all her dresses from
the wardrobe and tries to fit into them. She had to say that her mother spends
at least three to four hours in the gym, so that she remains slim and youthful."
DISEASE OF THE MIND
Renowned fitness expert from Mumbai Deanne
"In urban cities exercise addiction is a big problem which needs to be treated.
The young crowd is hooked up to Bollywood and Hollywood stars and the cities
are also flooded with gyms. Over-exercising can lead to osteoporosis,
dehydration, bone and joint problems, and your immunity goes down, you become
more prone to cough and cold and even low hemoglobin count. One needs to put a
stop to this addiction."
that one needs to come out of denial and overcome it by saying
that there is a problem. "The best is to consult a psychologist and your
fitness instructor. I have heard my students saying 'let's do this again'. It is a killer. I say just put a stop to this obsession and do not stretch
yourself too much. One needs to accept that it is a disease of the mind and
hence it needs to be treated immediately because for your addiction you cannot
make others around you suffer. People don't even know how much is too much and
where should one stop."