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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > March/April 2019 > ADDICTED TO EXERCISE

ADDICTED TO EXERCISE

Being hooked on keeping fit might sound like a positive, but it can take over your life, with damaging efects. healthy investigates this growing problem
Compulsive excercising can have the same negative social effects as other addictions

How do you feel when you miss a training session? Does it bother you if your friends put in more running miles on Strava? That isn’t worrying in itself – if you like to keep active, feeling less fit than your mates is frustrating. But sometimes that enthusiasm starts to impact on your life, body, mind and social circle, and that’s when it becomes a concern.

According to the British Medical Journal, although exercise addiction is not officially classified as a mental health disorder, it is ‘characterised by similar negative effects on emotional and social health as other addictions’.

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It's time to go with your gut! Inside, you’ll find our 20-page expert guide which will get your gut health on track, from how it impacts the rest of your body to unlocking your microbiome. We investigate whether alcohol really is becoming the latest taboo, if we're in the midst of a loneliness epdiemic and why poetry can be food for the soul. Plus, our food section champions power plates, for recipes to nourish your mind and body, and reveals the art of fermentation - the biggest food trend of the year. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!