There is a very certain phrase that says “extremes are never good” and that we can apply in any aspect of life.
In this case we will focus on the obsession with sports, a disorder more and more frequent in a society where the physical is the most important.
Learn why spending hours in the gym is not good for your health .
When the sport stops being beneficial
Exercising has many advantages, both for the body and for the mind.
However, when physical activity becomes an obsession, it hurts us more than helping us.
Most people who go to the gym have the goal of staying in shape, losing weight or building muscles.
For many, training is a way of life and, when this happens, there is a very thin line between playing sports and becoming obsessed with them.
Since exercise frees us from stress, disconnects us from the routine and also allows us to belong to a group of people with our same interests, we can increasingly “need” more of that adrenaline or pleasant emotion.
There is nothing wrong with going to the gym even from Monday to Friday if the training is according to our possibilities, or if at the end of the routine we return to our activities.
There is life beyond sport
The bad thing is to spend all day thinking about or thinking about how to be faster, stronger or thinner.
Turning sports into an obligation is not beneficial either. It is true that many people do not like to exercise and practice it because it was recommended by the doctor or because they are too overweight.
However, feeling pressured can even generate rejection for the activity in question, as well as an obsession.
And the fact is that, with the desire to achieve the objectives quickly, the exercise is put before anything else .
- Anxiety and sadness take over them if for some reason one day they can not go to the gym (for example, because Sunday is closed or is a holiday).
Pressing to play sports makes us feel worse every time we do not achieve the goals in the desired time (which is always as short as possible).
The body can suffer the consequences of excessive training if we injure ourselves or do not allow it to rest properly.
Obsession with exercise: when to worry?
People who have an addiction to exercise or the gym could be easy to identify. However, many times the step towards obsession is slow and the signals not so notorious.
In most cases they are individuals who want to lose weight or want to have muscles.
Usually they are adolescents or young adults and they increase the periodicity of the training more and more.
- On the days of the week that you attend an academy or gymnasium, the intensity of the routines or even the topics of conversation may be other signs of sports obsession.
On the other hand, if we notice that you are leaving aside other activities and commitments to train, it may be because you are becoming an exercise addict.
If when you invite him to an event he says “I can not because I go to the , maybe he is a person who has taken the exercise very seriously.
You can also analyze the mood of the person on the day they have not done sports.
Surely he will be sorry and will do his best to leave home, at least, to run in the park, ride a bicycle or do a series of sit-ups and push-ups in the room.
How to recognize the problem?
A signal that we can take into account to detect the obsession with sports is related to changes in diet or in the intake of dietary supplements.
You can keep looking at a label of a product or thinking about the amount of calories a dish has, just consume healthy foods or not move a bit of the diet.
We must be especially careful if you have chosen to use illegal substances to increase muscles or to reduce weight.
Finally, this obsession is not only related to the exercise, but also to the results obtained.
Some signs that indicate that sport is no longer a recreational activity but an obligation and a fixation can be:
- Look continuously in the mirror
- Compare “before and after” photographs
- Try on clothes all the time
- Weigh yourself or measure yourself every day
The person in question may suffer from low self-esteem, low self-confidence and, above all, no self-acceptance.
Not being in agreement with our body can be a positive thing if we do something to change, but not if it becomes a problem for our health.
Thinking that a more slender or more muscular body will make us better people is a serious mistake, as well as believing that beauty is only based on a marked abs or not having a gram of fat.