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Are You Exercise Obsessed?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise is a good thing to have in your life. We need the movement and the challenge and the pick-me-up for our moods. And while most people struggle with getting enough exercise, there is another group of people who have the opposite problem. They start exercising  and then they get obsessed. Of course, if you're in the latter group, there's a lot less information out there to help you get back on track. But how do you know if you've taken your exercise habits too far? If you suspect an obsession with exercise, take a look at these signs that you should take a step back.

How Often Do You Hit the Gym?

A good indication of whether or not you're obsessed with exercise is the frequency with which you hit the gym. Once a day is probably OK  unless you're there for hours and hours at a time. But if you exercise multiple times per day, it might indicate an obsession. This doesn't mean that three 10-minute sessions is obsessive, but three hour long sessions at the gym each day might be more than you need.

Are You Constantly Stepping on the Scale?

It's OK to know what you weigh. It's even healthy to know your current status versus future goals. But your weight is going to fluctuate more than you can possibly imagine. If you step on the scale multiple times per day, your weight is going to be different every time. And from morning to night, it might fluctuate as much as 5 pounds. There's no need to step on the scale all day. Limit it to once per day, and you'll get all the information you need without the obsession. 

How to Find Balance

The good news is that even if you're obsessed, there's hope for finding balance. Start by setting a workout schedule, and then sticking to it. This might include an hour long workout (or so) up to six times per week. You should also avoid the scale any more than one time per day. If you still feel obsessed, don't be afraid to talk to a fitness professional or even a mental health professional to help you find some perspective. Finding a good balance between exercise and life is possible. Be patient, be persistent, and you'll find the right balance for your life, and goals. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Encinitas, Calif.

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