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Subject: Can you get hooked on excercising?
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:23 PM ET
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I have been finding myself totally hooked on working out lately.  If I miss a morning run, I'm antsy for the rest of the day.  And the past few days I've been running in the morning and in the evening, I just seem to have excess energy to burn off.  Has anyone else had this happen?

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 8:57 AM ET
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My sister did, she exercise five hrs a day before work and after work, seven days a week.  she got to thin and Dr. got on her case, now she goes to the gym a few days a week and has had three hernia (sp) i'm not sure if had anything to do with all that exercise.

I wish i could get started but i'm to lazy.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 4:04 PM ET
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I'm the same way, I can't deal with missing a workout. I have to run at least once a day, but I like it better to go out twice. I go anywhere between 4-12 miles per day! I'm not getting too skinny though because all the exercise boosts my appetite, so I eat like a horse!

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 10:22 AM ET
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Could be the starting of exercise bulimia...

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I eat like a horse too, and sadly, way too much of it is junk food.  I'm thinking its more of a muscle-memory thing than anything else- like my body is so used to the routine of run-work-run-relax that if I'm off the schedule because of traveling or other different circumstances, it throws me.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:58 PM ET
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I have a hard time going more than a day without exercise.   I will get grumpy if my "real life" interferes with my planned workout, and I've been known to schedule my day around my workout (which is usually first thing in the morning so it isn't a problem but occasionally I plan on an exercise or yoga session for later in the day and something comes up so that I can't get it in).  However, missing a workout is not the end of the world.  I keep it in perspective.  Exercise is very important to me, but so is the rest of life!  LOL! 

I don't think it should be a problem unless one is exercising for more than a decent amount of time per day or if one goes to extraordinary lengths to get their workout in (routinely skipping social events or spending time with family, exercising late at night when one should be sleeping, calling in sick to work (LOL!) or things like that).  Also, if a missed workout triggers more than annoyance, it may signal a problem. 

There are far worse things to be addicted to and as long as exercise (like all things) is done in moderation and in a healthful way in balance with the rest of life, you should be proud to be a fitness buff!! 

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 5:07 PM ET
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My addiction is water exercise.  (I'm in my late 50's.)

I have been through stages in my life where aerobics has been addicting, too (when I was younger.)

But there is something about the water that addresses my body, mind, and spirit at the same time.  For the first 5-10 minutes or so, I float around on a noodle in the arthritis pool (warm water) and do some meditating.

Other kinds of exercise just aren't a good substitute--they address one of my needs, but not all three.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 11:20 PM ET
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I love to ride my recumbant bike every day. I feel so much better after I do. I believe exercise gives you more energy.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 2:55 AM ET
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I definitely feel more energized after a workout. I got foot surgery, so I had to switch from running to swimming until my foot heals. If I miss my midday workout, I feel really sluggish in the afternoon. The swimming is working out well though, my arms are actually getting pretty toned!

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 7:58 AM ET
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I used to exercise two to three hours a day until I got pregnant and the doctor said I'm not allowed to exercise at all due to cardiac and circulatory troubles . What can I say, I miss it and I can't wait to pick it up again after birth. The first few weeks I was very grumpy because of lack and movement and too much time on my hand.



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Date Posted: 5/31/2009 6:26 AM ET
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Yes it is addictive.  Even if I don't feel like working out, once I do, I feel better.  If I go more than 2 days w/o it...I am unbearable!

There is huge scientific proof behind it...neurotransmitters bring on a feeling of well-being etc.  Hence, the "runner's high".

There are also negative exercise addictions, as mentioned above...almost like an eating disorder.

As long as it doesn't control your life, but rather, enhance it...you're among the lucky one's who truly enjoy working out!!!



Last Edited on: 5/31/09 6:31 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 9:32 PM ET
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Over exercising is sort of like my eating disorder.  I have such a hard time controlling my eating habits that I make up for it by exercising.  I know there are things  I shouldn't eat (like carbs & sugar) and I find it so hard to eat right that I always over - exercise to make up for my shortcomings.

Subject: Yoga on the Wii
Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:25 PM ET
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I was very fit as a young man but have had an adult struggle with exercise. I used to think all the info about endorphins and such was baloney. I never had so much as a runner's medium. My youngest daughter got a little concerned and convinced my wife to buy me a Wii for my last birthday. I actually look forward to a workout for the first time in my life! I missed a day over a recent weekend and experienced the grumpiness several have mentioned, so I guess I'm a believer now.