Exercising is part of a healthy lifestyle, but when it interferes with work, family relationships, social commitments and general well-being, it could be considered an addiction. People with exercise addiction may work out obsessively, ignoring an injury and illness. There are several types of exercise addiction, including primary exercise addiction and secondary exercise addiction.

According to a study analyzing exercise addiction in athletes and leisure exercisers, 3% of Americans are living with exercise addiction. Another study reveals that athletes and gym-goers are at a higher risk of developing an exercise addiction. Some of the rates of exercise addiction among various types of athletes include:

  • 25% of runners
  • 50% of marathon runners
  • 52% of triathletes
  • Approximately 14% of endurance athletes
  • About 8% of gym-goers

Exercise Addiction FAQs

Whether you are living with exercise addiction or know someone who is, you may have several questions about how it can affect the body. The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding exercise addiction. Getting answers to your questions can help you make better choices about your health or equip you to better assist your loved one to get the treatment they need for their addiction.