Exercising regularly has numerous benefits for both your body and your mind. But where do you do draw the line between being healthy and over-exercising? There are many telling signs that you have unhealthy exercise habits, including:
- You exercise for the wrong reasons. You ate a huge meal and feel guilty about it and the only way you can reconcile it in your mind is to hit the pavement and spend a few hours burning off the calories you ate.
- Exercise becomes a compulsive behavior. You are often driven by body dissatisfaction or obsessions about your weight.
- Your desire to exercise completely trumps your other commitments which can result in canceled plans with friends or even exercising when you are ill.
- You feel extreme guilt when you miss a workout. You double your efforts to make up for it the next time you exercise.
If you think that you may have an unhealthy relationship with food, your body, or exercise, consider taking Ben Gordon Center’s free, anonymous online screening at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/BENGORDON or click the online mental health screening button on the right. You can also call to speak with one of the experts of the Ben Gordon Center Special Programs team at 815-756-4875.