By Joanna Hardis, LISW-S
As we enter a new year, everywhere I turn I’m seeing commercials for home video programs promising body transformations; I’m receiving countless offers for weight-loss and fitness programs; and I cannot open a magazine without being inundated with exercises guaranteeing a better, leaner body.
It’s the time of year where conversations seem to center around people’s New Year’s resolutions to start the latest, greatest fitness craze or just to exercise more. Juxtapose these scenarios with individuals that feel as if all they can think about is exercising. They feel compelled to exercise no matter how they are emotionally and they forgo everything until their workout is finished.
A question I hear a lot during a client’s initial assessment is, “How can exercise be a problem if I’m supposed to do it because it’s good for me?”
To me, the answer lies in a balance between healthy and unhealthy exercise. How do you know when you may be exercising for the wrong reasons?
Below I’ve included NEDA’s comprehensive list of unhealthy exercise red flags. If some of these or all of these bullets describe you, it may be time to seek help.
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