Are you addicted to exercise?

The sign of the perfect afternoon with my sister:

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Talking and finishing off my mom’s leftover Halloween candy.  I really don’t know what I would do without this big sis of mine (fun story- when my mom was pregnant with me my sister prayed every single night that I would be a girl… she was ecstatic when I was born, she finally had a sister to do everything with).  

Brooke’s sign of a perfect afternoon with her cousins:

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Fanciest dinner ever.  Snap peas and a banana/almond butter/bagel sandwich.  

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And then I ended the night at these sweet fountains.  

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PS Maggie helps me write a lot of my posts.  She is my intern.  Blame her for all of the spelling errors.

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The other day when I was driving home from the gym I was thinking about how much I love to exercise.  At this point in life it literally is my therapy.  I am able to think through things so much more clearly during a good run, I feel more confident afterwards and those endorphins… I tell ya, they are amazing.  And addicting.

I take a complete rest day on Sunday and I definitely notice a change in my mood/outlook on everything on Sundays because I don’t work out on those days.  I think I have been addicted to exercise since high school (and at some points over the last 10 years it was definitely over the top and unhealthy.  i.e. when I ran a 1/2 marathon on femoral stress fractures).

The reasons I have been addicted to exercise have definitely changed over time but my love for endorphins has always been very consistent.  You just feel good after a good workout.  

The evolution of Janae’s need to get in a good sweat over the last 10 years: 

It all started with a need/want to burn calories —->  obsession with running as many miles as I possibly could —–>  obsession with weight/scale—–> wanting to compete and get really fast—–> helping me with my nausea (exercise was one of the only things that made me feel better when I was pregnant) ——> to help me to be a better mom and for the ‘me’ time….

And the reasons I am addicted to exercise now—->  I am CHASING some major running goals, THERAPY through a divorce, time with my good friends, I love being active, it is a self-esteem booster and a time to let all of my emotions out:)  Crying and running at the same time = the ultimate healing.

Sooooooo my question for you is WHEN does the addiction to exercise become too much?  When does an exercise addiction/love/need become unhealthy?  Please share your thoughts because I would love to know what others think about this topic!  I don’t think we talk about it enough in blogland.

Do you feel like you are addicted to running?  Exercise?  Have you in the past?

Do you notice a change in your mood on days that you don’t work out? 

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I’m without a doubt addicted to running. I’ve ran pretty much every day the past ten years. I’m miserable to be around on days I don’t run – especially if I don’t get any exercise in. I feel terrible about my body and like I’ve gained 10 pounds after a rest day (or a day I only do 4 miles or don’t do yoga).


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