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Can exercise be addictive?

Asked by Jude (31966 points ) March 11th, 2010

I went for a good run after work and went for another tonight. I love how it makes me feel (energized and strong) and I sleep like a bambina at night. I certainly miss that feeling, if I don’t do it every few days.

If it is, is it the adrenaline rush? What is it?

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chamelopotamus's avatar

Yes It’s endorphines. You feel strong and refreshed because you are, stronger and more refreshed, that’s your body talking, and it knows what it likes. You can get addicted to feeling strong and working out, just as much as you can get addicted to feeling lazy and doing nothing. I say get addicted and give your body what it wants. I’m getting back into it, and when I feel that way, after working out on the beach, I wonder what took me so long.

Cruiser's avatar

Yes!! Majorly so!! I used to swim a mile a day every day and for hours after each swim I was high as a heroine addict from all the endorphins I generated from the long swims. Even now any time I swim long distances there is a pretty dang good and clean high waiting for me!! yYEEEE HAaaaaa!!

FutureMemory's avatar

My energy level and overall motivation always spike right after a good exercise session.

YoH's avatar

A hard and swift walk of 2 miles, makes me absolutely high. Indeed, it’s addictive for me.

Likeradar's avatar

Yes, absolutely. I used to have a small issue with over-exercising when I quit smoking. Endorphins definitley give a real high that can become addictive.

ETpro's avatar

I am here to tell you it is. I feel lousy when I miss a day. But it, unlike smack or cigaretttes or watching Fox News, is a good-for-you addiction just as long as you keep your exercise routine to a reasonable level.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Pleeeeeeeease let me know how this can happen to me too, I desperately need it!

delam's avatar

Yes cause of the endorphins

ETpro's avatar

@ZEPHYRA Pick a time of the day when you can be relatively certain of having the time you need. Set some goals. Do you just want good cardiovascular health or does a buff body with rippling muscles appeal enough ti you to pay the prive toi get it? Once you are sure what yu want, devise a program that will get you there, Start at a lavel that you can handle and work your way up. You will be amazed at how quickly your workout becomes a necessary part of every day,

JeffVader's avatar

I’ve been told it can be….. Although I go to the gym regularly & it’s an effort every time.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I thinnk it’s your body talkingxD It likes what it does ;G

thriftymaid's avatar

I’ve heard people say that it can be. Wish I had a mild case.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Probably.I have exercised almost daily for the last 16 years.I am exhausted,yet I keep doing it ;)lol

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I am thinking of going running tonight after taekwondo training…should I?

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

http://www.livescience.com/health/090826-sports-running-addiction.html
“Exercise, like drugs of abuse, leads to the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and dopamine, which are involved with a sense of reward,” Kanarek said. “As with food intake and other parts of life, moderation seems to be the key. Exercise, as long as it doesn’t interfere with other aspects of one’s life, is a good thing with respect to both physical and mental health.”

“These findings, in conjunction with results of studies demonstrating that intake of drugs of abuse and running activates the endogenous opioid and dopamine reward systems, suggest that it might be possible to substitute drug-taking behavior with naturally rewarding behavior,” she writes.

philosopher's avatar

Exercise becomes away of life. When you don’t work out you feel uncomfortable.

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