The Dark Side of Fitness: An Unhealthy Active Lifestyle

 

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We tend to associate working out and eating nutritious food in a positive manner. However, it is possible for people to take this lifestyle to an extreme and transform what should otherwise be healthy habits into unhealthy ones. The fact that it is harder to identify when someone is leading an unhealthy active lifestyle since on the surface going to the gym and eating well are typically good things, makes it even more dangerous.

People are often so consumed by focusing on the physical side of being healthy that they neglect their mental health which is equally as important. Too often people are afraid to take rest days because they feel that they may lose their progress or they create anxiety around certain foods and under eat. When it comes to fitness you really can get “too much of a good thing” and more is not always better.

Excessive exercise and restrictive eating not only affect your body but your life including your day-to-day routine and your relationships with others. An unhealthy active lifestyle can lead to a variety of issues including insomnia, loss of menstrual cycles for women, reduction in testosterone levels for men, injuries, eating disorders, plateaus in performance and weight loss, body dysmorphia  and in some cases depression.

In order to reap the positive benefits of exercise and eating well it is important that you implement balance in your life. What exactly that balance will be will vary for every individual and how to find it will be a case of trial and error. It is essential however, that you allow your body the adequate rest, recovery and nutrition that it needs in order to cope with the stresses you place it under. It is also good for your mind and soul to take breaks from your routine and enjoy time with friends and loved ones without feeling guilt about not exercising or not counting every single calorie that enters your body.

If you or anyone you know struggles with this it is important to seek help and begin to address these issues as they can have a very negative impact on your life. Also feel free to get in touch with me.

Just some food for thought

Jay xx

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