How Should Gyms Handle Exercise Addicts?

There are many people who hate to exercise and then there are people that are exercise addicts. They go so far as to over exercise to the point that it is actually terrible for them. Its often part of an eating disorder or a body image disorder. Some people are saying that gyms should try to handle these people a certain way, but it is a very delicate situation. Experts suggest having a heart to heart talk with someone who may have this addiction and to make sure you try to help them without making them feel badly.

Key Takeaways:

  • About 3% of Americans have an exercise addiction and about 25% of those that compete in athletic type of events have some sort of exercise addiction.
  • Those that exercise compulsively are not approaching exercise in a healthy way,and are actually doing more harm than good for themselves.
  • It is important for gyms to recognize and confront, in private, those people that they see meeting the criteria of being an exercise addict so they don’t damage themselves physically.

“Chronic overtraining can increase the likelihood of illness and injury and potentially cause lasting damage to the heart and possibly induce arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation).”

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