Meet a lady that is in the gym 6 hours a day, 6 days a week!
Lauren is not your average bodybuilder, she is freaking addicted to the iron. With a drug problem at an early age, she knew she needed to make a change, but is she still hurting herself? If you look at top male bodybuilders, they are in the gym about 3 hours a day at the most. And that is also, if they are doing 2 a days. Cardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon. This is gym addiction either way, but this lady is really taking it to another level. Gym addiction is real, and it is harming people.
As to whether you are truly addicted to exercise, that’s something more serious to ponder. In some of my research, I came across an interesting list compiled by exercise psychologists Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D. and Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D. They compiled what is known as the Exercise Dependence Scale to assess and individual’s risk for exercise addiction. The scale is modeled after the protocol for identifying substance addictions.
Seven factors are assessed and it’s something for us fitness junkies to consider:
- Tolerance: You need more and more to achieve the same effects.
- Withdrawal: Increased agitation, fatigue, and tension if you don’t exercise.
- Intention Effect: Exercising for longer than intended on most trips to the gym.
- Lack of Control: Difficulty scaling back the duration and intensity of exercise.
- TimeSpent: Spending huge amounts of time on fitness related activities.
- Reduction of Other Pursuits: Is exercising too much affecting other parts of your life? (social, work, relationships).
- Continuance Despite Injury: You train even when you are injured.