Weight lifting and cardio exercises can be addictive. You reach your full potential and exert yourself fully towards this physical exertion. This specific ‘’high’’ feeling you get can be addictive than any other drug you can think of. The full potential you feel during your workout might become something that you crave for after the workout session as well. This can be dangerous and here is why;
Why is physical exercise so addictive?
Did you ever feel a burst of energy during the workout session? Did you ever feel so excited to accomplish your target strength right away? The feeling you get during this course can be so exciting that it can lift your spirits high.
When we exercise, endorphins are released in our bodies. Endorphin is responsible for that thrust of energy that we feel during the workout. Endorphins are called feel good chemicals because they give you this euphoric feeling. This chemical is known to reduce pain, and stress stops anxiety from taking over your mind and increases your tolerance for the strain.
Research suggests that most people crave for this euphoric thrush when something else is going on in their lives. Either they are depressed or lonely or holding a grudge when they want to get a high feeling. People with body image issues also spend a great deal both money wise and time wise in the gym. This condition prolongs so much so that they tend to over exert themselves. It is the same case as with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. People are just not satisfied with their body image.
For some people, being in the gym makes them feel good because it makes them feel in control of themselves. They might be facing problems at home or work where they feel out of control and less indulged so the gym is the place where they can put their frame of minds in the right direction. Because of this satisfied feeling, they tend to spend more and more time at the gym, thus over exerting themselves which is dangerous in many ways.
How to tell if you are addicted to spending time at the gym?
Below we are going to list some indicators which can help you identify whether you are addicted to training or not.
- Always feeling thirsty
- Muscle soreness even after a long rest
- Get sick easily
- Suffer from depression or insomnia
- You spend more time talking about training than actually doing it
- Feel anxious if you miss the workout session
- You tend to feel good only if you appear good and satisfied with your body image.
- You tend to work out alone rather than mixing up with family and friends
How can you overcome this addiction?
To deal with workout addiction you need to follow the same steps as when you want to tackle with any other addiction. The following tips can help:
- Reduce the number of training you do. Set an optimal limit for yourself.
- Always talk to a counselor or take professional help if something is bothering you.
- Try a different workout routine that won’t allow you to get addictive.
- Take some break to give your body rest.
The most important thing to deal with addiction is to find out and treat the root cause that is causing the addiction. Find out and treat that reason first the addiction will go away on its own.