Going to the gym and working out is healthy, but just like anything, you can have too much of a good thing. Case in point: Heidi Montag. According to recent reports, for the last two months, Montag spent 14 hours a day at the gym, running and lifting weights to feel bikini-ready. 14 hours! That sure isn't healthy.
Compulsive exercise addiction is a real disorder that can have life-threatening consequences. Here are three signs that you — like Montag — are getting too much of a good thing.
3 Compulsive Exercise Addiction Signs
1. You never miss a workout. If you never take a day off from working out — even if you're sick or exhausted — it could be a sign that you have compulsive exercise addiction.
2. You've given up other interests. For those suffering from compulsive exercise addiction, workouts take top priority, including being more important than spending time with friends and family and even work.
3. You feel guilty or anxious about missing a workout. People with compulsive exercise addiction beat themselves up and feel like their day is ruined when they miss a workout. Many times, they'll also feel like their physical condition will be compromised by missing just one exercise session.
If you suspect that you have compulsive exercise addiction, there is treatment available. Check out these resources for help.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.