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Health Tip: Even Exercise Can Be Addictive

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While some people find it hard to get off the sofa for just 10 minutes of exercise, others have a hard time not working out and could push themselves to the limit.

So how do you know when your super-soaking workouts are doing more harm than good? A Yahoo! Health article, “Addicted to Exercise? How to Tell When Healthy Habits go too Far” explained some tips for noticing when your exercise regime is taking over your life.

Some warning signs include:
• It’s eating into your work or home life obligations.

• You are working out to the point of complete exhaustion or injury.
• You feel overwhelming guilt when you miss a workout.
• Your workout “hobby” is expensive and is getting you into financial trouble.
• You workout to make up for binge eating, or take performance drugs.

If you notice these warning signs cropping up for yourself or someone close to you, talk with your doctor or urge your friend or family member to talk with his or her doctor or a mental health professional.

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Yahoo! Health: Addicted to Exercise? How to Tell When Healthy Habits go too Far
EmpowHER: Exercise Addiction in Relation to Eating Disorders and Low Self-Esteem

Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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