There are a lot of benefits to exercising, but there’s also such a thing as being too active. Exercising for the wrong reasons, such as unnecessary weight loss, can cause injuries and health problems down the road. With this in mind, here are a ways to cope if you find yourself exercising compulsively.
Interrogate why you exercise
Ask yourself why you like to exercise and if you’re doing it too often. Do you push yourself to work out even if you don’t feel well or have an injury? Do you enjoy it or does it feel like something you have to do?
Talk to someone
Talking to a coach, parent or teacher will help you come to terms with the situation and open doors to get help. Don’t be afraid of disappointing someone by telling them you have to slow down. After all, they’re most concerned about your health and well-being.
Your body needs rest—and not just sleep, but days off from playing sports and exercising. Get enough sleep at night and take a few days off a week from sports to pursue the other things you love. If it helps, sign up for an activity with a friend and hold yourself accountable to going.
Talk to yourself
Changing the way you talk and think to yourself can ultimately change your perspective on your appearance and health. Keep your thoughts—and actions—positive.
Get your fill of food
Compulsive exercising is often linked to eating disorders. When your body is expending so much energy it needs to be replenished with healthy, energizing foods.
Reshape your relationship with exercise
There are so many great aspects to exercise that benefit our daily lives. Look for the positive reasons to exercise, such as making new friends on a sports team or feeling energized and happy.
Find a support system
Surrounding yourself with supportive family, friends and teammates will reduce stress and make the recovery journey less daunting.
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