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Exercise and Fitness- Is it an Obsession?


Monday, February 25, 2013

Weird, I woke up this morning thinking about whether exercise could become my obsession. I take Sundays off as a rest day but over the last 3 weeks I've noticed that I feel sort of guilty about not working out on Sundays. Last week I actually got on the stationary bike for about 20 minutes just so I could stop thinking about it.

Am I replacing thinking about food all the time with thinking about exercise all the time? I don't know. I mean, I don't work out excessively and I couldn't even if I wanted to because who has that much time but I find myself browsing all sort of fitness related articles and looking at equipment and thinking about different types of exercises I should give a whirl. Of course, all of this could be a result of me getting to the end of Ripped in 30 (yes I took 7 weeks to do the 4 week program) and trying to figure out what I want to do next.

In the meanwhile, I've started over with week one of RI30. I figure I would continue to do this and stationary bike until after my upcoming vacation. During vacation I will have access to a full gym and as much swimming as I can dream of -pool and ocean- so that week will be different from my regular routine. While I get back I think I'll probably go back to week 1 to ease back into my routine then switch to JM's Extreme Shred and Shed which means I'll need to wake up a little earlier and be more efficient with my time in the mornings, those workout are longer. I think a full 50 mins. I'm also planning on starting my outdoor training for the upcoming 5K so I plan to run 3-4 days per week for an hour each time. Ok run may be an exaggeration at first but eventually I'll get there. All being well, I think I'm going to run through the summer. It is very unlikely that I will run, outdoors anyway, after it gets cold again, I hate being cold even for a few minutes.

Im trying to think back 15 yrs, in high school I was a swimmer and we trained 6 days per week, year round. An hour in the morning and 2 hrs in the afternoon. I would hit the gym for weight training for another hour 5 days per week. I don't remember ever really thinking about it, it was something that I did, it was just a routine part of my day. I must have liked it. After all, going to school under a Britsh education system meant I spent 7 yrs in high school (we don't have middle school, high school begins with the 7th grade and you do an extra year if you plan to sit A levels - advanced level exams necessary for college admission) and I did it all those years.

Is/did anyone else go through this phase where you thought about fitness all the time?
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CLPURNELL 2/25/2013 9:33PM

    It can very well become an obsession. I feel some trade one obsession (food) for another (exercise) although it IS a healthier obsession it doesn't make them any happier. Keep it moderate know you need rest just as much as you need to bust your butt! If you watch the scale you usually lose more weight after you REST than after you WORK. So keep a balance. Life is about balance not trading one addiction for another no matter how healthy it may be.

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/25/2013 12:20PM

    I don't think it's necessarily an obsession unless it's affecting you in a negative way. If it is causing you to overtrain or is a determinant to your job, your life, or your family, then it might be something you need to be cautious with. If it's ALL you think about, then it might be a concern. Otherwise, I don't think it's something to worry about much. It makes sense that you would replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones. And you could kind of look to exercise as a hobby...it can help you relax and unwind, it's something you take on as a challenge, etc. Since people spend lots of time on hobbies, it doesn't mean constantly researching fitness equipment or articles is an issue.

If you do feel guilty taking a rest day, I would suggest to compromise and just do a light recovery activity on your rest days. Like a light walk or easy ride on the bike for 20 minutes. As long as you can limit yourself to a "light" activity, it's still considered active recovery or "rest" but you are still getting in some fitness minutes. And as long as that doesn't cause any of the above issues (fatigue, injury, etc.) then I don't think it would be an issue.

When I'm in the zone on diet and exercise, I spend a lot of time on SP and reading up on fitness and healthy eating. I do that during the times I cannot physically exercise, but I need a mental boost to get me motivated. I notice that if I start slacking off for a few days on logging food or even getting sparkpoints, I am more likely to overeat or be lazy and unmotivated. Some people just need that motivational push and there's nothing wrong with that.

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