#FridayFacts: Excessive, Obsessive or Compulsive Exercise
This week's #FridayFacts look at some of the signs to look out for with Excessive, Obsessive or Compulsive Exercise. We often see these signs and symptoms in individuals experienving eating disorders/disordered eating, but also also in clients who have BDD or body image concerns, anxiety, OCD and stress-related problems.
Excessive or compulsive exercising is an often overlooked component of eating disorders/disordered eating. That said, I have met people who experience obsessive or compulsive exercising but who don't experience an eating disorder/disordered eating.
Whatever the case might be, while we are frequently told how good exercise is for our health and wellbeing, like many other things, 'too much' exercise or exercising in an obsessive or compulsive way can be unhealthy and even cause physical and mental health problems in the long term.
Whether you wish to call it overexercising, obsessive exercise or compulsive exercise, many people do struggle with symptoms associated with this.
If you are concerned about your or a loved one's relationship with exercise, please speak with a professional.
The mini-poster below provides some of the signs and symptoms of overexercising/obsessive exercise/compulsive exercise. There are many more. Remember, we are all different and may have different experiences with over-exercise. However, if exercise has become a problem for you, please reach out. We are here to listen and support you.
Best wishes, Talking EDs (Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Support Service)