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Compulsive exercise (sometimes called exercise addiction) happens when a person is driven to exercise too much. Injury, illness, going out with friends, or bad weather will not stop those who compulsively exercise.
Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But athletes may be driven to exercise more and more to improve their sports performance. Personal goals, coaches, teammates, or parents may pressure athletes to push themselves too far.
Compulsive exercising and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Someone with an eating disorder also may work out excessively to lose weight. Someone with bulimia may use exercise as a way to compensate for binge eating.
Some people believe they can achieve an impossible ideal body type if they keep exercising.
Compulsive exercisers often:
Compulsive exercise can lead to:
), and lose bone density (osteoporosis). This is known as the female athlete triad.
It can be hard to diagnosis compulsive exercise. There is no agreement on how much exercise is too much. A person who continues to exercise in spite of injury, health problems, or poor relationships may have an exercise addiction.
A therapist can help someone with an exercise addiction change unhealthy behaviors, work on exercise moderation, and find coping strategies.
Treatment will focus on:
It is important for compulsive exercisers to get professional help. But there are some things you can do to take care of yourself:
If you think that you’re exercising too much, talk to your doctor.
Eating disorders are so common in America that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. Find out more.
Sports supplements are products used to enhance athletic performance. Lots of people who want to improve their performance have questions about how supplements work and whether they’re safe.
Female athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea (loss of a girl’s period), and osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones).
Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.
Binge eating is a type of eating disorder. This article for teens explains what it is, how to recognize it, and how to get help.
When your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Will using steroids transform you into the most powerful athlete your coach has ever seen? Read this article to learn the facts on steroid use.
One of the biggest questions guys and girls have is whether they’re the right weight. Because the body is growing and changing so much during adolescence, it can be tough to answer this question.
Is working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training.
Everyday stressors have a way of piling up if we don’t keep them in check. Adding these 5 simple actions to your regular routine can help you avoid that “bogged down by stress” feeling.
How well we get through a stressful situation depends a lot on us. It’s how we deal with that makes all the difference. Here are some ways to understand and manage stress.
Visit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.
It’s not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.
You’ve prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Read about performance foods, nutritional supplements, and more.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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