How to check whether you are at risk of ex­er­cise ad­dic­tion

Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

Read the fol­low­ing state­ments and con­sider how many ap­ply to you:

• My ex­er­cise is im­por­tant to me

• I have in­creased the train­ing I do

• I use ex­er­cise to im­prove my mood

• I strug­gle when I can’t ex­er­cise

• I feel guilty when I can’t ex­er­cise

• When I stop ex­er­cis­ing for a while I al­ways go back to it and of­ten with more in­ten­sity

• My sport gives my life a fo­cus and I can feel aim­less with­out it

• Com­pet­ing in my sport has caused con­flict with friends, fam­ily or work The key area is the one about con­flict. If you have very few re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, rarely get in­jured and are only do­ing short dis­tances or events then do­ing lots of ath­let­ics wouldn’t be classed as ad­dic­tion.

The ad­dic­tion is­sue arises when some­one is find­ing their ath­let­ics is dom­i­nat­ing their other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and causes in­jury, burnout or con­flict.

If you recog­nise your­self in a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of these (par­tic­u­larly the point about caus­ing con­flict) then it would be ben­e­fi­cial to seek treat­ment with a psy­chol­o­gist – cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy or mo­ti­va­tional in­ter­view­ing are the suggested routes to try.

If you re­alise that tech­nol­ogy is ex­ac­er­bat­ing the prob­lem, writ­ing your­self a strat­egy to use it less can be ben­e­fi­cial. So, per­haps on a weekly ba­sis go for a tech­nol­ogy-free run or turn off your no­ti­fi­ca­tions if in­jured.

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