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July 25, 2005

Sports Psychology: Exercise Addiction

Filed under: North America,Sports Psychology — Admin @ 10:30 am

By Michelle Cleere, Sports Psychology Consultant

Introduction

While so much society right now is focused on obesity and that fact that obesity is right up there around the #1 killer of American’s, there is another portion of the population at the other end of the spectrum addicted to exercise. Most of these addicts are women, ages 35-60 that are “running on a treadmill for hours, spinning out of control or climbing stairs that lead to nowhere”1 because they have lost their physical, emotional and spiritual balance. They are unhappy in their lives wondering whether or not they have accomplished anything significant and are unhappy with their appearance.

This article is going to discuss positive versus negative exercise addiction, addiction and the brain, the personality of an addict, and how trainers might help offset exercise addiction.

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