Are All Addictions Bad for You?

by on January 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

It may not sound too bad – so what if you’re addicted to exercise? Everyone knows the health benefits exercising offers: it can help you cope with stress, make you feel better, lose weight, live longer, and the list goes on.

However, when people become addicted to exercising, problems may start to arise. Many scientists associate the “runner’s high” with exercise addiction. A “runner’s high” is caused by the release of endorphins into the brain, causing pleasure. This feeling can cause some people to seek physical activity to an unhealthy level.

Some signs of exercise addiction include:

  • Irritability or anger when unable to exercise for the day
  • Constantly requiring more and more exercise, seeming to never get enough
  • Conflicts in life due to exercise, such as missing work or avoiding social responsibilities

If these signs seem similar to drug addiction, it’s because they are. Along with social problems, exercise addiction can cause physical problems.

Some dangers and exercise addiction can include:

  • Injuries – such as broken bones or pulled muscles
  • Increased dehydration risk
  • Higher risk for insomnia

If someone is addicted to exercising, an injury may not stop them. You need time to recover and addicts may have trouble with that, leading to permanent injury. While exercise addiction may not seem like a problem, it can become one. If your exercise interferes with your personal life and health, it is advised to seek help.

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