Working out is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. It relieves stress, gives us energy and boosts self confidence. Exercise also helps protect us from a variety of chronic health conditions, it helps our every day function and improves overall health.
I know that I really don't have to explain all the benefits of exercise. Everyone has goals in mind that revolve around improving their health and their fitness. Some people never actually do anything to reach these goals, and some people go above and beyond to ensure that these goals are met. Reaching your health and fitness goals is an awesome feeling. Unfortunately, in so many cases those goals are never met. We may 'reach' our goals, but then we always set more, expect more, and push more.
This constant need to be better, and endless motivation can be an extremely powerful and great thing. But when that constant need to be better turns into an unhealthy obsession with exercise, and the need to change your body again and again it can be a really negative thing.
I know it may seem like being obsessed with exercise and being healthy is a really great thing. But when this obsession interferes with your everyday life, your friends, your family, your job and it is constantly crowding your thoughts, its more of an unhealthy obsession than a healthy habit.
I know that a person can be unhealthy obsessed with exercise, I was one of those people for so long. I spent hours planning my workouts, I hated taking rest days, I was always sore, I got injured, I stressed about missing a workout, I hated when social activities got in the way of my working out and I got really down on myself for messing up. I was always working out to change the way my body looked, instead of focusing on all the wonderful things exercise could do for me.
That is why I decided to write this post. I want to help other people like me, stop being unhealthily obsessed with working out. I want you to recognize this obsession, and do everything in your power to change how you feel. It is possible to have a regular exercise routine and NOT obsess, stress or be anxious over it all the time. It is possible to love working out, and love everything working out does for you.
Signs You are Unhealthily Obsessed With Exercise
- You get extremely stressed and anxious if something gets in the way of your workout plans
- You cancel or rearrange social plans (even work) to get in a workout
- You follow an intense workout plan and don’t take days off even when you feel like your body needs it
- You think about and obsess about your workout plan ALL the time ALL day
- You don’t feel energized by your workouts
- Your workouts are a chore
- Your main reason for working out is to change how your body looks
- You really beat yourself up about missing a workout
- You don’t feel like a workout counts if it is under___ minutes, you ran under ____ miles, you burned less than ___ calories
- You are OBSESSED with your fitness tracker
- You never feel like what you did is enough
If you think that you could benefit from improving your relationship with exercise, please download my free resource on improving your relationship with exercise, and falling in love with your workouts again! These are things I did that helped me really love and enjoy my workouts again!