Exercise Addiction

Exercise is like an addiction. Once you're in it, you feel like your body needs it - Elsa Pataky

Exercise Addiction
Exercise Addiction

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Exercise Addiction Is an Underdiagnosed Epidemic

“Hey hun, have you seen my sneakers… the orange ones?”

My husband looked up from his phone and around the room. He located a pair of mismatched socks, flip-flops, my navy-blue Adidas, and a half-open umbrella, but my traffic cone-colored kicks were missing. I don’t have time for this, I thought. With a newborn, my day revolves around playtime, bedtime, feedings, and naps. Plus, the National Weather Service had just issued a warning: the air quality was crap and, according to my app, both heat stroke and exhaustion were possible. I slid my neoprene shorts on, one unshaven leg at a time. I downed a glass of lukewarm water, and I grabbed my keys, iPhone and headphones before lacing up…

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 Exercise Addiction Is an Underdiagnosed Epidemic

For a long time, my doctors saw only a healthy person who exercised. But I had to learn to be honest with myself about how running was running my life.

Psychology Today

Exercise addiction is a legitimate problem whose prevalence is thought to be highest amongst triathletes, runners, and individuals who suffer from eating disordersvii.

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