Regular exercise is extremely good for you. Exercise keeps fitness levels up, is a great way to stay toned and lithe, it helps you lose fat, it has been linked to helping with depression, it’s great for all the systems in the body, it releases feel good chemicals and it can help you sleep better at night.

Basically, regular exercise keeps you healthy. But what happens when exercise becomes an unhealthy obsession? It can be pretty difficult to know where the line between healthy exercise and exercise addiction; especially if you have healthy eating habits etc.

However, if you’re relying too much on exercise as a coping mechanism for other problems in your life, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate what you’re doing.

Setting goals is a great way to encourage yourself to work hard but you should never try to push yourself past your physical capabilities, especially not on a regular basis. If you’re consistently setting yourself extreme goals that you must meet in order to feel satisfied with yourself; pushing yourself through fatigue and injury, and ignoring your mental and physical state, you may have a problem.

Everyone is entitled to rest days when it comes to exercising and working out too much can be detrimental to your health. If you don’t give your body time to recover between workouts it can lower your immune system; which means, you’ll often get sick. Injuries are also more common when you don’t allow your muscles to recover.

Despite what you might think, a person who is over-exercising might not look particular lean. This is because when you exercise, a stress hormone called cortisol is released. This is fine in normal amounts but excessive levels of this can cause your body to retain fat and can end up with a bloated appearance.

Exercising is a great way to stay healthy but it should never be of detriment to your life. Here at Fitness Training Solutions we love exercising and being fit, as providers of personal training courses, it’s only natural. But we also know that a minority of people may become addicted and you should always seek help if this happens.