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How Should Gyms Handle Exercise Addicts?

Doing too much exercise can actually do more harm than good. At least 3% of US adults have an exercise addiction. Compulsive exercise can lead to illness and lasting injuries. The problem needs to be recognized by gym employees including trainers and teachers, who need to be educated in how to address the problem. Clients need to be addressed privately and in a empathetic manner. This approach shouldn’t be done in front of others and help should be offered. Trainers have to resist the urge to book training sessions to make money if they recognize a situation where an intervention is needed. It’s more important that the person gets help, rather than booking a session.

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