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Fri, 06/06/2014

Don't become a Sports Junkie

Movement is a basic requirement for a healthy lifestyle. The more regular the better. The best is regular exercise. The simplest method is running, that why it is promoted over and over again – even by us. To start running you do not need that much. The most important and the largest financial items are good shoes. But models from last season you should get for around 50 to 60 euros. For pants and t-shirt old or cheaply bought clothes are sufficient – at least until you know whether you want to keep it up. The running track is already at your doorstep and with any luck, there's even a park or forest nearby.

As healthy regular and demanding sport is – preferably combined with a conscious, healthy and balanced diet – you can also overdo it. This does not mean the runner who wants to try a marathon and begins to train hard for it. Overdoing it means when sports becomes an obsession that pushes everything else away, such as family, friends, social life and maybe even work.

Except for professional athletes no one should sports at the center of one's life. But sports addiction fortunately is not widespread. On the other hand, it is difficult to determine, because an intensive training for a marathon does not meet the definition neither does getting up an hour earlier each morning for a lap around the block.

Signs of a sports addiction are when the training is more important than life itself; if one is often asked about his many training hours; one fears to put on weight; one feels like a failure if not having managed his training well; one does not enhance one's performance, although one trains longer and harder; people close to one disagree with the amount of training hours; pain and injuries are ignored, and at some point, it is concealed how many hours one actually trains.

Sports addiction is an addiction like any other behavioral addiction too. This includes purchasing, work or gambling addiction. Sport addiction can cause serious and lasting injuries that are exactly the opposite of that one tries to achieve with sports: fitness, wellness and health. If one of your goals is to look better too, obsessive sport may lead to eating disorders. Which in turn can result in bone fractures, heart congestion, organ damage and others permanent health risks.