If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re totally addicted to running. Where he may have started training once or twice a week, four, five, maybe six or seven times is now the norm rather than the exception. He’s likely to have asked those around you “if it can’t be done less” and “if more exercise is healthy”. And yes, the line between being athletic and obsessive is sometimes thinner than you might think. How do you know if your athletic behavior is compulsive? And how can you act better? We interviewed expert Lianne Blacquière on this topic.
Eating disorder and compulsive exercise
Leanne is now a trainer in intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery and a trauma therapist. She is also the author of A New Beginning, in which she describes her journey to recovering her relationship with food and ultimately herself. She also has her own podcast. In short, she does a great job. Unfortunately, things didn’t always go well for her. She developed an eating disorder when she was fifteen.
For me, exercise was a major factor in making up for food. Whenever I eat something, I always think I have to burn it again. You read so much that the average Dutch person moves very little. That’s why I always feared I was doing too little and sitting for a day wasn’t an option. At one point I was working out in my room, looking up workouts on YouTube and dreading the break. I felt a constant urge to move and exercise and thought I would gain pounds if I didn’t. This has become an addiction.
The signs you’re going through
Ask yourself if you find it difficult to do anything and stay calm. Get 10,000 steps per day and complete your workout schedule every week; Is it also possible not to do this? If this thought causes you stress, fear, panic, annoyance, tension, or frustration and you always push yourself to exercise, even when you are tired or even injured or ill, then you have a troubled relationship with sports.
“If you’re always pushing yourself, and you go to the gym because you’re supposed to but you don’t like it, then something isn’t quite right. Something you can also pay attention to is how you talk to yourself and your body while you exercise. Is it OK? Have you ever felt good about what you do?
How can you act better as an environment?
If you notice that someone has been very intolerant of sports lately and has lost a lot of weight, for example, then you can worry about this. But how do you approach such a person without being directly abusive or escalating the situation?
Always reach out from within yourself and start by asking how someone is feeling. Express your concerns and ask how this person feels about multisports. Someone may resist it and deny it or try to justify it. This is part of it, because we often stand up for ourselves and sabotage ourselves not to face the truth. It is very important to approach the person concerned with sympathy and hugs. Let them know that it’s totally okay if the person doesn’t want to talk about it right now, but that they can always come to you if they need help. Continue to confront the person if the pattern persists or worsens. Seek outside help if you notice it getting worse.
Can you “just exercise” again?
What’s Liann’s relationship to sports like now? Well, more positive and healthier.
‘Free and very cute.’ I am a fan of weight lifting and yoga myself. I go to the gym when I feel like it and when my body signals it has enough energy and space to move around. But when I’m broke and need to rest, I listen to this. I found a balance between good exercise and rest. I now use exercise to connect with and feel my body, rather than running away from it and out of my body. I don’t have to do anything and I can do everything.
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