Are you an exercise addict? Does your fitness craze drive to over-training? If so, then you are one of those hundreds of enthusiastic fitness freaks who are not aware of the inherent dangers of exercise addiction. Endurance athletes, by nature, tend to go overboard and that causes more harm than good. They should know that this addiction can cause many physical and mental problems.
So, where does endurance end and over-training begin? Take this short quiz to find the answer:
- Do you feel heightened anxiety even when no competition is around the corner?
- Do you try to overcome depression by training harder?
- Do you train more than your fitness coach has suggested?
- Do you ‘raise the bar’ every time you train?
- Are you obsessed with calories intake and fat-burning syndrome?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions you are crossing the red line without knowing the dangers of exercise addition.
When you ‘train too hard or too long’ you tend to over-train. When athletes fail to perform at their peak levels their trainers and coaches look at different at every aspect of their training including psychological (whether they are depressed, tired or anxious), biological (whether they have infection or if they are anemic) and hormonal (their cortisol level or whether they are stressed). Research has shown that 20-60 per cent of athletes over-train at least once, if not more. Therefore it becomes important for the athletes and their coaches to be aware of the symptoms of over-training.