If you’re familiar with the saying, “moderation is key,” you know that everything has the potential to harm when you take it to the extreme—even exercise!
When the need for physical activity becomes an overwhelming compulsion or obsession, negative psychological factors can outweigh the physical benefits of exercise, especially if no time is left for rest, recovery, and other life priorities.
Here’s how to recognize the signs of exercise addiction…
1. Fitness Becomes Identity
Many of us identify as folks who work out or even humorously as “gym rats” or “running buffs”. However, when your self-worth becomes totally intertwined and dependent on your fitness level and frequency, it can lead to unhealthy self-esteem and the need to chastise yourself when you’re unable to work out.