Yes…it’s possible! The word “addiction” give us images of people in dark rooms, listening to bad music and sticking needles in their arms, but many addicts can be found in the gym or on the local school track, getting just as addictive a fix. In fact, the positive nature of the word “healthy” makes health and fitness addiction all the more alluring. Despite the positive media, health addicts have done as much damage to their families and lives as any other kind of addict. In this article, we’ll look under the surface of health and fitness addiction and find a path to recovery.
How Can Something So Good Be Bad? In our modern Western culture, those willing to pay the price for fitness are to be applauded. There are just so many temptations to do otherwise. Exercise is mostly boring, painful and smelly, so those who endure it for about an hour, 3-5 days a week, have achieved a level of discipline most only dream of.
Health and fitness addiction is not about health or fitness…it’s about a compulsion to use healthy activities to fill a void we see in ourselves. Addicts are compelled, not disciplined. The addictive chemicals involved in exercise are much the same as those in sex and porn addiction. This may explain why many people suffer from both sexual addictions and health addictions.
Types Of Health And Fitness Addiction: These are addictions to the activities of health and fitness, as opposed to the TV, Internet and shopping addictions which could involve health themes. Health and fitness addictions are compulsions to engage in “healthy” activities, like exercise, dieting, etc. In fact, anorexia and bulimia nervosa have both been described as severe health and fitness addictions. Two key symptoms of these mental disorders are exercise and dietary control to a compulsive and excessive extreme. The specific exercise or diet plan doesn’t matter. It’s an addiction when you feel compelled to do it.
Where would we be if we did not have access to all the many great health and fitness books on the market? We would probably not be in the best of physical shape! This is not an overstatement. Quality health and fitness books can provide all manner of excellent information on various different subjects. For those that are not long time “gym denizens,” these books provide much needed help and direction.
Direction and guidance is most definitely a great help since lack of focus and direction with workouts will generally lead to less than desirable results. Best of all, you can now find amazing results in all manner of different fitness goals. In the past, fitness was mainly defined as reducing body fat levels and/or increasing muscle mass. While a great many books cover these two basic subjects, there are scores of other modes of fitness book available.
There are martial arts books, books on developing isometric strength, titles dealing with power lifting, and even body weight training. Each and every subject will have all manner of subcategories associated with them as well. In other words, 12 different authors could produce 12 different books on power lifting that cover the same subject from many different perspectives. This can allow someone with a sincere interest in the subject and a strong desire to improve to attain the necessary results. Again, the diversity of the health and fitness books on the market opens the door for experiencing the desired outcome.
Some may say that there is nothing new under the sun. No fitness book can deviate too much from its original subject matter or else it deviates from the important basics needed to be effective. Is this an accurate assessment? To a certain extent, it is. However, another facet needs to be taken into consideration when looking for a decent fitness book. That facet would be the actual writing style of the author.
Why is this important? Different authors will convey the same information in a completely different manner. This is why it is so helpful that there are different writers producing different works on a variety of different health and fitness subjects. Such diversity opens the door for great success since the ability to understand the material in the book will be enhanced. In short, access to a wide array of different books by different authors enhances the potential to gain the health benefits the books are designed to provide.
Really, if you want to get in shape, you will need access to proper health and fitness books that approach the subjects from different perspectives. Diversity in approach to subject matter and writing style will assuredly help the reader attain the needed results.