We touch base on many different components of being fit and healthy, but what about unhealthy behaviors that can lead to some problems with your health? Exercise and nutrition are foundational to good health, but extreme behaviors can be a red flag indicating unhealthy behaviors.
One thing that is common today—most of the people who suffer from these don’t know they have a problem—and can lead to serious health problems is excessive exercising and orthorexia. You may ask what that these both are and what are common symptoms.
Excessive Exercising: To be an excessive exerciser means that your main focus is that you always have to workout and do more than you are supposed to. You will workout as much as you can, anytime of the day and that is all that you think about. Some other signs are:
- Continuing to exercise when injured or sick,
- Avoiding social functions to exercise
- Firmly adhering to an obsessive and regimented exercise regime
Orthorexia: Orthorexia is a common co-occurring eating disorder. It is characterized by a fixation or desire to eat only “healthy” foods, or to avoid entire food groups. The most common form of orthorexia is an obsession with healthy foods, i.e. never eating foods that contain additives, and planning one’s diet to the extreme to make sure that undesired foods and food groups are not consumed.
These are two serious “over-healthy” problems that can really cause damage to ones body and mind. They both require professional help and treatment to learn about balancing a healthy lifestyle. If you or a loved one is experiencing this, it is time to help them before they do any more damage!