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Addicted to running?? - May 31st 2013, 07:38 AM

I am sure most people know of or what a runners high is, well, a few friends of mine and my girlfriend seem to think I am addicted to running and in general being fit. It sounds strange but I am wondering, is it possible that I am?
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Re: Addicted to running?? - May 31st 2013, 01:56 PM

Lol, if so that's a good addiction to have. Unless you're Jim Fixx

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Re: Addicted to running?? - June 1st 2013, 04:13 AM

In my opinion, an addiction to being fit isn't bad, as long as you aren't obsessing over it (i.e, you aren't forgetting other aspects of your life, or hurting your body through over-exertion). It's just another hobby! However, make sure you're getting in enough calories. There some months I'll run anywhere from twenty-forty miles in a week, but the trick is to make sure you're eating enough to sustain all of it.

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Re: Addicted to running?? - June 3rd 2013, 01:10 AM

It is possible, it's called hypergymnasia and it's classified as an eating disorder by most professionals in the field, but it hasn't been classified in the DSM (many rehabilitation facilities find this troubling because it's actually a big issue), although it is supposed to be added to the DSM-V. If you are just focused on living a healthy lifestyle then there is nothing to worry about. An "addiction" to being fit/exercising comes when you are over exercising because you feel it gives you a sense of control, there is a feeling of guilt when you try to stop exercising at the rate you are used to, obsession with your performance, no longer enjoying what you are doing - just doing it for the control and weight control result, and of course denial.
While it's a common problem - especially in those with other eating disorders, it's a very specific disorder and in most cases people just fall into the "i really enjoy being fit and healthy" category.

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