How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Health?
By Genevieve Cunningham
Being concerned with health and fitness is great. We should all care about our bodies and long-term health. But how do we know when we've crossed the territory from concerned to obsessed? How do we know when we're doing enough -- or when we're doing too much? If you think you may be in danger of blurring the line, take a look at these ways to rein in your enthusiasm while still moving forward in your health.
Are You Allowing Time for Rest?
Rest is when our bodies actually change and evolve into something better. If you're not getting enough rest, you're not going to see the results that you want. What's more, you're putting your body and health in danger by avoiding your rest time. You're more likely to suffer injury or extreme exhaustion. If you're not taking breaks, schedule just one day to rest. It will be hard, but making this one change can help you find the balance in your fitness routine.
Can You Think About Anything Else?
Are you constantly thinking about health? Do you think about what you should change or what new things you should try? Does it distract you from your friends, family, or work? All of these are crucial questions to ask yourself. If you're obsessed with fitness, you may notice that your thoughts are increasingly centered around diet and exercise. If this is the case for you, it may be a sign that you need to take a step back and find some balance in your life.
Are You Picking Yourself Apart?
You're never going to be perfect. You'll still have fat on your body. Your muscles won't be the perfect size. And that's OK! But if you're constantly telling yourself bad things about yourself, you probably need to reassess your goals and habits. Don't let your obsession for health turn into bad mental health practices. Instead, know that you won't be perfect and just work toward progress.
Being concerned with your health and wellness is a good thing. It means your mind is moving in the right direction. But being obsessed means that you're heading into a negative, dangerous territory. Use these self-assessments as a guide. Find the balance in your health and in your life, and you're way more likely to be happy in the future.
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