When you have studied this chapter, you should be able to:
  • 1 Understand and define the concept of exercise addiction
  • 2 Differentiate between commitment and addiction to exercise
  • 3 Understand the key motivational incentives in exercise addiction
  • 4 Be familiar with the various theoretical models of exercise addiction
  • 5 Recognize and know how to assess the symptoms of exercise addiction
The positive side of exercise is comprehensively covered in the
literature, including this book (see
self-esteem), however, it is not
necessarily the case that the more exercise you do, the better you are.
Many people find exercise dominates their mind and actions.

Here are some fabulous weblinks. Open and read each one.

  • Exercise addiction; what is all about?: Read more
  • Exercise addiction and eating disorders: Read more
  • Exercise addiction as described on Wikipedia: Read more
  • Exercise addiction in British sport science students: Read more
  • Exercise addiction in eating problems: Read more
  • Exercise addiction in men: Read more
  • Exercise addiction in sport: Read more
  • Passion or problem? (media article): Read more
  • Signs of exercise addiction: Read more
  • The exercise addiction inventory (EAI): Read more
  • The exercise dependence scale (EDS): Read more
  • Too much of a good thing: Read more
Exercise Addiction!!!
Attila Szabo and Alexei Y. Egorov
Using the Internet, find literature on and/or
documentation of withdrawal symptoms. Differentiate
between physical and psychological withdrawal
symptoms and compare the withdrawal symptoms
associated with substance (drugs, alcohol,
tobacco) and behavioural (gambling, sex, exercise,
TV watching, video-game playing)
Appliance of Science
Although only a very small fraction of exercisers appear to be affected by exercise
addiction, the severity of the disorder warrants serious consideration.
Consequently, fitness professionals, coaches, orthopaedic doctors, general
practitioners, spouses, parents, and even friends, should pay attention to one’s
exercise habits. If the disorder is recognized at an early stage, early intervention
becomes possible, and the negative consequences may be reduced.
Berczik, K., Szabo, A., Griffiths, M. D., Kurimay, T., Kun, B., Urbán, R. and
Demetrovics, Z. (2012). Exercise addiction: Symptoms, diagnosis, epidemiology, and
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Egorov, A. Y. and Szabo, A. (2013). The exercise paradox: An interactional model for
a clearer conceptualization of exercise addiction. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 2
(4), 199-208.