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Thin People – Exercise addiction?

Do not get me wrong, I’m also skinny. But more and more often I begin to notice in the gym frantically losing weight ladies, on which it’s already becoming sad to watch. Therefore, this article has matured. We all know that sport, fitness, and exercises are good. But is it really so? A variety of girls in pursuit of an ideal body go over the top. Their major desire and question is how to get thin and there is no matter what reflection they see in the mirror. I support such point of view that it is better not to train than to overtrain. Short charging is sometimes more useful for health than intensive exercising. Excessive training program leads to severe physical fatigue and even to a “sports” illness. And you need to tell yourself in time “Enough!”

So, where is the critical point beyond which fitness and sports activities not only don’t contribute to the body development but have a negative impact on it? What are the signs of overtraining? For each person, it’s very individual. For example, most people can only dream about the stamina of athletes engaged in the Olympic triathlon. Needless to say, not everyone is able to swim 1.5 km, then 40 km to ride a bicycle and to run another 10 km. And without a break for a rest! But do you need so?!?! Do you want your body looked like those athletes bodies? Really?

Many people are so eager to be in good shape, that sometimes they find it difficult to temper the ardor and take a break in the exercising. However, if after a training a person constantly feels fatigue, physical overwork, instead of a tidal energy, then this is an excuse to be on the alert. Perhaps one’s overtrained, becoming a victim of physical overload.

Why does exercise addiction happen?

All around we hear how important to exercise in order to keep our bodies healthy and beautiful. We step over laziness, the desire to eat something delicious and go to the gym. For some, however, exercise becomes an obsession that can be detrimental to health and well-being. If we talk about women, we are totally addicted to beauty. So, exercises are just a tool. But, in most cases, it’s because one’s low self-esteem. You don’t love yourself enough in your current body, with current appearance and weight.

Mental health experts are sure that such behavior can be classified as an unhealthy relationship with yourself and as a result addiction to exercise. It may be as an overtraining syndrome or orthorexia as well. Perception of being healthy in people with orthorexia is distorted. They keen to be thin and drive to have muscle definition. And in most cases, they undervalue benefits of regular exercise and add to their life obsession with healthy eating, as a result, a food anxiety. Such behavior is expressed in counting hours spending in a gym, calories they consume, body measurements, weight, and appearance.

But how much exercise is too much?  

The main signs of overtraining

  • Decreased activity, fatigue
  • Coordination disorder
  • It takes more time to recover
  • Heart palpitations in the morning
  • Increased pressure at rest
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Weakening of the immune system
  • Increased number of injuries of the musculoskeletal system
  • Sleep disorders, insomnia

Some of the signs are of a physiological nature, but not only. Usually, physical education and sports relieve stress and improve our well-being. However, overly intensive exercises have the opposite effect and can cause irritability, aggression, apathy and low self-esteem.

So, how to handle such a condition? What if you notice one of the signs of overtraining? First, you need to understand what is the true cause, and honestly admit it to yourself. If an excessive training program threatens health, then it’s worth considering whether it is really needed so much? Whether your ideal stomach and the pumped up ass worth this?

signs of overtraining

Excessive exercising leads to health problems –  is one important point. It happens that fatigue is caused not by physiological, but rather for psychological reasons. When a person wears himself out for hours in the gym, trains with increased physical exertion, then it is hardly possible to talk about his desire to “improve her form.” Rather, it is a real dependency. Training on the verge of exhaustion, with the risk of injury, as well as the shifting of values from the scale of “health, well-being” towards “sports” – all these are signs of real addiction. It is no accident, this is recognized as a real problem, as well as an eating disorder. Only to recognize sports addiction is much more difficult.

The easiest way is to reduce the intensity of the training. The fact is that the body needs time to get used to new higher loads. And take a look at workout plans for women according to your needs. Such plans consider your age and weight, as a result, intensity of the workout. Through the net there a variety of workouts for women. You can find easily what suits you best, for any body type, with focus on specific problem areas, with guidelines how often it’s better to exercise.  But only with proper nutrition. This means that you need to eat a lot of vegetables and food full of protein. So, there’s no place to anorexic diet. For muscle growth, you need to eat a lot! Consult with a nutritionist that would develop a nutrition plan, help to lose weight and enjoy your meal at the same time.

Regular overloads can lead to serious problems with mental and physical health. Locking yourself in the gym, people risk their health. Plus, think about this, if you spend a lot of time every day exercising, thinking about body shape and size, you become isolated and not be able to maintain relationships. You just have no time to build them.

Everything is good in moderation

Moderation is the key to solving the problem. To lead a healthy lifestyle and at the same time feel good you need to love yourself. You should not train for two hours a day, just listen to your body. Your body loves you, so love it in return. Take in mind, the body needs time to adjust and adapt to the stresses, and time to regain strength. And training at the limit of opportunities can be called a “step forward, two steps back” tactic. Frankly speaking, not the most effective tactics.

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