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Compulsive Exercise

Can you ever get too much of a good thing? Find out about the downsides of compulsive exercising.

Compulsive Exercise - Too Much Of A Good Thing?

You probably already know the many health benefits of exercising and playing sports. They help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthens your muscles and organs, reduces your risk of getting many diseases and can help build self esteem. However, sometimes people can take exercising too seriously and do it so much that they can wear down their body and hurt themselves. People may become compulsive exercisers because they feel pressure to lose weight fast or because they think it will help them perform better in a game or competition. Compulsive exercise is similar to having an eating disorder and is sometimes called obligatory exercise or anorexia athletica. While the human body needs exercise, it also needs rest - and too much exericse can lead to fractures, muscle strains and other injuries, especially in young athletes. Compulsive exercise can also lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and other mental issues.

Compulsive Exercise - Signs and Symptoms

It seems like we're always being told we should be exercising more, so is it possible to exericse too much? Fitness experts recommend that kids and teens do around 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Some kids who are more athletic or on sports teams do much more than that - but repeatedly working out several times a day is a sign that someone may be overdoing it and developing compulsive behavior. Signs that someone may be a compulsive execiser include:

  • Worrying too much or feeling guilty about going a day without exercise.
  • Exercising even when they're sick or injured.
  • Not really enjoying exercise or sports but just doing it because they feel "they need to."
  • Preferring to exercise, rather than hang out with friends.
  • Being overly concerned about how much they eat and basing their exercise routine around their eating habits.

Compulsive Exercise - Help and Treatment

If you think you may be a compulsive exerciser, talk to a doctor, your parents, your coach or a counselor. Compulsive exercise is closely related to eating disorders and it's important to get proper support and treatment to change your eating and exercise routines. Like most things in life, moderation in exercise is important. Choose activities you enjoy and take a day to let your body rest after a hard workout. Exercise and sports should be fun and you should be doing them because you want to feel healthy and enjoy yourself, not because you feel pressure to look or perform certain way.

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Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
reply 2 days
How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
reply 6 days
A recent comment on a video gave me this idea , of writing about this whole scenario  the comment was something like this Messi + Ronaldo = Zlatan It was something that made me happy , cuz i'm a Zlatan fan myself , but keeping that aside I'll be honest in stating the reasons due to which Zlatan is considered better among fans  1st - Tired of Messi vs Ronaldo ; For those of you tired of the endless Messi vs Ronaldo debate Zlatan is the middle way , when Zlatan was asked for a word to describe Messi and Ronaldo  he said for Messi - Fantastic , for Ronaldo - Good ( he'd definitely prefer messi since he was in barca , so definitely against Real Madrid , but i'll skip that ) , but when asked about one word for Zlatan - "WOW!" that was his answer 2nd - If you believe in extraordinary and Jaw-dropping stuff; If we talk about Messi and Ronaldo we'll think constant goal scorers and team players and who deliver something great evry time the team needs it , but Zlatan he may also score regularly not as frequent as Messi or Ronaldo , but every time he scores it's another jaw dropping goal , whether that 32 yard bicycle kick vs England or extraordinary volleys Zlatan is Zlatan 3rd Zlatan does things nobody does; You won't see Ronaldo having fun with reporters or Messi bad mouthing his manager even when he is wrong , Zlatan doesn't cares,  like who can forget the epic reply to Arsene Wenger on asking Zlatan to play a trial game , -" ZLATAN doesn't do Auditions" If some of you guys don't agree with me no problem , everybody has their own opinion , and if you don't agree with me cuz you don't know about any of those Zlatan goals or interviews , then you should definitely search the internet for - Extraordinary Zlatan  ZLATAN may had not won the -ballon d'or , but has won large no of trophies and league titles  search for zlatan ibrahimovic - titles and trophies for that
reply 9 days
Well for me, I think totally! Inside that is. When a guy says girls can't play sports I think THEY can't be cheerleaders. But if a guy says girls CAN play sports, yep, they could be cheerleaders
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