Any of you guys thinking shit, she is describing me… now what? I will say that fitness addictions are challenging because people will applaud you for being so fit, responsible and they might even envy you. If all of the issues in my last post are things that you are now realizing are things you struggle with here are a few things to do:
#1 GO back, circle and address each specific point that applies to you, IF there is something I did not mention in my last post write it down.
#2 GO head to head with the issue / issues at hand. Say you circled #1-7 then work on them – one issue at a time.
For example if #5 was an issue for you, “ Time spent: how many hours a day or week do you spend exercising? How much time do you think about working out?
Start first by making a rule with yourself. Say you workout 2 hours a day 7 days a week. Start by scaling back to 1 hour and half for the first week then 1 hour for the second week. Third week star to apply a rest day… See what happens to you physically and mentally. If the scares the crap out of you: GOOD. Worse come to worse you go back to your 2 hours of fitness a day.
Okay now that you do like what I had to say I am sure lets plot out some ACTION STEPS:
- Schedule some regular days off. Your body needs time to repair and relax.
- Try a new fitness activity. If you always do yoga try a boot camp class. If you do CrossFit try a barre class. Change things up. This does NOT mean do a CrossFit class and a barre class.
- Take some time away from fitness. Have you ever taken a full week of or two weeks off? Going on vacation? Take off from fitness when on vacation. Return gradual and watch for signs of dependence.
- Change your focus on why workout. Try to take away the emphasis of weight control.
- Talk to your therapist if you are able to control your relationship with fitness.
- When going into your workout set a goal for the workout that has nothing to do with your physical body. For example: I want to leave this workout feeling relaxed or happy.
- Workout with a friend – this always helps get you out of your head.
- Have your workout planned out so you do not over exercise.
- Set a time limit when you are in the gym.
- Have fun. Don’t take your fitness routine too seriously
SO, what did I do to fight this addiction? I took a month off when I was healthy enough to workout. I spend a month traveling in Europe and workout 4 times in one month. That was a big deal for me. I found the first week to be awful but then things got easier and easier. I finally started to relax and feel okay without working out. I strongly suggest taking some time off. The more “addicted” to fitness the more time off you should take. Prove to yourself that you are in control. Next, when I was ready to come back I cam back slowly and I varied my routine. I added in Pilates, running, and yoga back into my routine. I try not to workout alone ever because I tend to do too much if I am alone. Take the above steps and start to apply them slowly into your life.
My next fitness addiction post will be elaborating on the athlete and finding balance with a sport and post athletic career.