Essay On Exercise Addiction

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This paper explores exercise as an addiction. Although many scholars and clinicians tend to differ in their meanings with addiction, this paper examines the many characteristics exercise addiction shares with addictions associated with alcohol and drugs, as well as substance dependence. Exercise addiction shares the same characteristics with other addictions such as withdrawal symptoms, tolerance, control, and an escape. Just as substances can do, an unhealthy behavior like excessive exercising can begin to take over one’s life like any other addiction. It can lead to a point where the person understands there is a problem, but they cannot quit the behavior, which is common with addictions. The researched used in this paper explains that those addicted to exercise feel a sense of pleasure through released chemicals after a workout that it continues to drive the addiction. It becomes a central part of one’s life, and is a part of one’s every day routine. Too often excessive exercise is looked at as dedication but it may actually be an unhealthy behavior, and the person could be addicted. Dedication or Addiction? Too much exercise can be just as unhealthy as no exercise at all. Typically those who exercise an excessive amount are looked at as dedicated, but realistically they may be addicted. When referring to addiction we too often associate only drugs and substances, and tend to deny that behaviors may actually be addictive as well. While exercising on a regular basis can have numerous health benefits ranging from physical to social and psychological well being, negatives may also arise if exercising becomes a central part of one’s life. “In addition, addictive exercise continues despite the individual having met their ... ... middle of paper ... ...ible to be addicted to exercise. “Exercise has numerous health benefits and is generally viewed as a positive behavior, so patients and clinicians may overlook the dangers of excessive exercise and addiction” (Hausenblas, Schreiber, & Smoliga, 2017). We often shed a positive light on exercise as it usually a healthy behavior, however it is possible for people to take it out of hand and over exercise leading to addiction. Exercise addiction shares many common characteristics with other addictions. As the frequency and intensity continues this behavior becomes a main part of the person’s life. Soon after, the person’s life begins to revolve around exercise and addiction sets in. It is important for people to realize that dedication is not the same as addiction, and that although many scholars and clinicians do not always agree it is possible to be addicted to exercise.
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