4 Secret To Know If I am Addicted To Sport



Are you obsessed with sports? Do you spend more time at the gym than with your friends or family? Sports can be an addiction just like any other drug. This article will first help you “know if you are a sports addict”, then “know what to do about it.”

So read to the last line to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Bigorexia, a disease 

The addiction to sports is called “bigorexia” . It is defined as an excessive dependence on sports activity in order to build muscle mass. It is recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization WHO in September 2011. For the patient, sport becomes a necessity, a vital need. He lives only by sport and for sport. He seeks each time to do pull-ups, push-ups or other physical exercises. Bigorexia is not only limited to the search for muscle mass. It goes as far as the psychological sensation. In fact, sports activity allows the release of hormones that cause a feeling of well-being in the athlete. The feeling of pleasure that these hormones give is an incentive for the patient. This disease does not only exist in amateurs, but also in sports professionals.

Just like other addicts of cigarettes, drugs, alcohol or video games, sports addicts are sick people. Their lifestyle is different from that of a person who simply practices sports.

How to recognize a sports addict?

  Several signs show when a person is addicted to sports or not.

  • The time of sport 

The sports addict spends 80% of his time doing physical exercises. He exists only through sports. He is able to go to the gym four or five times a week without counting the exercises he does at home.

  • Relationship with others 

For the bigorexic, life is limited to sports. He doesn’t really have a social life anymore. He no longer has time for his friends and family. The people he talks to are the dumbbells, the treadmill, the punching bag and other sports equipment.

  • Inability to stop 

  The addict has a lot of difficulty stopping and changing his or her sport-centered routine. Even in case of illness, it is possible to see him/her working out. The desire to exercise is difficult to extinguish.

  • Excessive risks

The person addicted to sports is first of all a passionate person. Every sportsman is a challenger, a person who is not afraid of challenges. In the case of a person suffering from bigorexia, the risks taken are enormous, up to the point of putting his life in danger. He pushes the extreme sensation to the paroxysm. He doesn’t shy away from any sporting challenge that could give him the sensation he is looking for.

Like any other disease, bigorexia or sports addiction can be treated.

How to treat sports addiction?

Bigorexia, like other types of addiction, is treated by an addictologist. The first thing to do in the treatment process is to recognize that you are a sports addict. The second thing to do is to consult a specialist. This will allow the specialist to diagnose the problem and continue the work. The therapy itself is not about taking a drug that will make the addiction go away. No. Instead, it is psychotherapy. Psychotherapy sessions to make the addiction disappear while trying to keep a more adequate rhythm of sport. Indeed, it is not a question of forcing the patient to stop practicing sports but rather to bring him back to sports sessions at a more reasonable level. Go from four or five exercise sessions a day to one or two.

Bigorexia is more and more diagnosed by specialists. Sport is recommended for good health. However, when we abuse it, we fall into an addiction. It is often said that abuse of anything is harmful. This is also true for sports. So it is important to know how to manage your sports schedule.


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