A Moment of Science

Addicted to Exercise

Exercise is healthy right? Well, it certainly is for most people, however for others it can become an addiction that does more harm than good.

Woman On Seated Row

Photo: Dain Sandoval (flickr)

Exercising is healthy, but too much is not. People can actually get addicted to exercising which can have negative effects.

Exercise is healthy right?

Well, it certainly is for most people, however for others it can become an addiction that does more harm than good.

For example, if you feel guilty when you miss a workout, or feel that you have to get to the gym no matter what, exercise addiction could be disrupting your life.

First, exercising too much can wear you down and sap your energy. Also, some people get so committed to working out that they’ll skip work or school to hit the gym. These folks get anxious and jittery if they can’t get in that five mile run, or lift weights.

It’s actually not that different from drug addiction. However, because we generally encourage exercise and see it as a good thing, it can be hard to know if you have a problem. If working out is a regular part of your life, you are probabaly fine, but when exercise is your life, that’s not healthy.

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from A Moment of Science:

Support for Indiana Public Media Comes From

About A Moment of Science

Search A Moment of Science