by Susan Harmon
by Susan Hamon AfAA Certified Personal trainer and NETA Healthy Lifestyle Coach
Over exercising, egomania, dieting, scrutinizing, bodybuilding, leaning out, bulking, cleansing, scrubbing, cardio, weights. What we do to ourselves is amazing and complex. At least those of us in the fitness industry are trying to take care of ourselves, but are we our own worst enemy?
According to Heather Hutchinson of Weise Communications, representing Eating Disorder Center of Denver, “many individuals who suffer from eating disorders exercise excessively to alleviate feelings of anxiety and guilt from eating or binging. Burning calories, achieving a certain body type, meeting athletic goals or giving themselves permission to eat can be reasons for compulsive exercising.” It can also lead to fatigue and lowered immunity, so take a break when you feel weak or tired.
Once we’ve reached our fitness goal some like to show off their bodies and feel pride. A lot of people who go through transformations become trainers or an inspiration to friends and family. But... when is it time to get back to basics and find this healthy lifestyle balance. Self confidence can be a good thing, Professor Albrecht Enders of IMD Business School says, “We have uncovered the bright side of narcissism. It can serve as a catalyst for risk-taking and innovation. So an often, negative looking character trait can be a positive thing! Just remember to be a good leader.
Women are losing their periods and According to Michelle P. Warren, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine, Columbia University College. “Exercise induced amenorrhea occurs in athletes with variable frequency, but the incidence varies from 5 to 25%, depending on the level of competition and type of sport.”
Body Dimorphic disorder.... many women in the fitness industry have had plastic surgery or have pressure to augment their body. Nobody likes to age. Accoring to Mayo Clinic Staff, “Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of chronic mental illness in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw in your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined.”