- Schedule regular days off. Your body needs time to repair and relax following demanding workouts. This can help ward off overuse injuries and illness.
- Take some time away from exercise. Return gradually and monitor for signs of dependence.
- Engage in physical activity with others, rather than alone. This can help make exercise less compulsive and more enjoyable.
- Focus on the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, placing less emphasis on weight control.
- If you are unable to develop a healthier relationship to exercise, try a course of therapy to help you manage the behavior and provide you with other coping resources. Therapy can help you learn to tolerate difficult emotions without turning to excessive exercise for relief.
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