An athlete or an addict?

An athlete or an addict?

Taking one’s athletics too seriously can become a phycologist addiction exercise addiction at some point. Some athletes do not feel the “do whatever it takes” way to success can easily transform from dedication into addiction. It is already proved the most at risk are distance runners. They usually start with thoughts about the benefits they will get from running, but over time their exercise becomes excessive. Such devotion is good for elite athletes that train for their competitions and events, but not for amateurs, who fit the exercise in a busy life full of other responsibilities.

Researchers claim that the main reason for exercise addiction is the amount of technology involved in your training. Tracking your training data becomes so captivating that people start beating the numbers shown in their GPS watches, fitness trackers or social media and forget their main goal. Athletes get daily notifications and articles from social media how to be stronger, faster, leaner, etc., what creates the feeling of being not good enough. Moreover, being a part of a support group in social media can exaggerate the feelings of isolation, jealousy, and dejection, especially if you are not capable to accomplish something.

Despite the fact that exercise and dedication to the sport is a wonderful virtue, watch out when it becomes an addiction and creates conflict. Control the technologies you are using and the communities you are part of. Be an athlete, not an addict.

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