Adapted from “End that Addictive Relationship, Once and For All”
By: Holly Brown
Published at http://blogs.psychcentral.com/
Here’s a quick checklist to know if you’re addicted to exercise in an excessive toxic manner:
- You have more bad moments than good but you can’t let go because you’re always chasing another fix of the good.
- Your relationship with exercise depletes rather than energizes you. It takes away from other areas in your life due to the pain from working out, and due to the time required to recover from injury, burn out, or max out.
- You lose resources (i.e. emotional, health, function, time recovering) but no matter how great the cost, you continue with exercise which is beyond your ability. You can’t seem to make rational calculations of what your body can, can’t, should and should not do.
- When you try to leave, you can’t seem to follow through; you go through withdrawal symptoms. You cave, and you relapse.
- You pretend every time you have a setback that you will train differently. You consistently ignore the fact that the past is the greatest predictor of the future. You will be back there, in pain, again. But you have selective memory (i.e. denial).
- You’re lying to your friends and family about the way you treat yourself; you minimize the pain so they won’t turn against your excessive training habit, or urge you to do what you already know you should do, which is end the stress/arousal addiction.
- OR you’ve alienated good people in your life who don’t want to stand by idly and watch you suffer, torture yourself, and damage your body, your health and well-being any longer.
You will find Holly’s original piece here.