Exercise for the Right Reasons

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

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You’ve been told by your parents, your doctor, your spouse and countless others that it’s important to make time in your day for exercise and they’re right. Exercising regularly has numerous benefits for both your body and your mind.

It seems that 5K’s, color runs and marathons are the trend. But where do you do draw the line between being healthy and over-exercising? There are many telling signs that you have unhealthy exercise habits, including:

  • You exercise for the wrong reasons. You ate a huge meal and feel guilty about it and the only way you can reconcile it in your mind is to hit the pavement and spend a few hours burning off the calories you ate.
  • Exercise becomes a compulsive behavior. You are often driven by body dissatisfaction or obsessions about your weight.
  • Your desire to exercise completely trumps your other commitments, which can result in canceled plans with friends, or even exercising when you are ill.
  • You feel extreme guilt when you miss a workout. You double your efforts to make up for it the next time you exercise.

If you think that you may have an unhealthy relationship with food, your body, or exercise, consider taking Bedford Youth and Family Services’ fee, anonymous online screening at www.bedfordma.gov/youth under the ‘screenings’ section.

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