Thursday, July 13, 2023

Discussion 2- Exercise Addiction

     I found the topic of exercise addiction to be interesting.  I didn't even know that it was a thing.  I have heard people say that they are addicted to exercise and working out but didn't realize it is recognized in the psychological community.  I would say that I like to exercise myself and it makes me feel good but it doesn't give me the high some people get from it.  Exercise addiction follows drug addiction in a few ways.  One difference is that exercise addiction is a positive addiction, meaning that it benefits health.  it can turn into a negative addiction if it gets too extreme.

    You often don't think that exercise can be harmful to your health.  When you exercise, you are building muscle and improving your tolerance to it.  This is like drug tolerance where the user needs to increase the amount of drugs they take to achieve the high they want.  People with exercise addiction will start to need to exercise more and more.  This can be harmful to the health because if you work out too hard, too fast, you can cause harmful affects to your body. This is one of the rare addictions that can improve your health but can also become harmful and addictive. 



  1. Hi Deanna! I too find the topic of exercise addiction to be quite interesting. I love working out it always makes me feel good, but I didn't know that it could be an addiction. While it can be a positive addiction it definitely lead to something much more negative, especially when drugs end up being involved.

  2. Hi Deanna, this post is really important because exercise addiction is definitely about talked about enough. So often we see the gym life glamorized but over exerting your body day in and day out. It's great to be healthy but taking it too far could have a serious toll on youl.