Updated: May 5, 2019
Running and exercise in general is good for you – we all know that. It’s also more-ish, and there’s a fair chance you experience the “runner’s high” or "fitness high" that makes you want to go further, and faster, every time you lace up your trainers. But it can also be addictive, in a way that becomes all-consuming and, ultimately, bad for you. You really can have too much of a good thing.
Have you gone over the edge?
Rate yourself as honestly as you can below with the following checklist:
I have missed important social obligations and family events in order to exercise.
I have given up other interests, including time with friends, in order to make more time to work out.
Missing a workout makes me irritable and depressed.
I only feel content when I am exercising or within the hour after exercising.
I like exercise better than sex, good food, or a movie -- in fact there's almost nothing I'd rather do.
I work out even if I'm sick, injured, or exhausted. I'll feel better when I get moving anyway.
In addition to my regular schedule, I'll exercise more if I find extra time.
Family and friends have told me I'm too involved in exercise.
I have a history (or a family history) of anxiety or depression.
If you have checked three or more of these items, you may be losing your perspective on running and working out. Exercise is healthy as long as it is in balance with a full life. Speak with a mental health professional or your doctor for help.