How many of us start off with good intentions without turning what we do into an obsession?
For example, people with a sweet tooth who may deprive themselves of having one piece of chocolate because they don’t trust themselves not to eat the whole bar, or others who love to exercise and, but they know that if they start they won’t stop; they just end up with withdrawal symptoms and guilt issues, which consciously they don’t even know they have. In their eyes, they just love the idea of keeping fit and exercise.
Obsessions can be applied to any scenario and come in many forms, but I believe there has to be a balance between depriving ourselves and working to excess so we live our life without living in the extreme. Anything in excess is unhealthy as far as our emotional, physical and psychological health are concerned.
For those who daily use the gym, they’re making themselves more vulnerable to problems further down the line. Not only does too much exercise interfere with our muscles not being given time to rest between gym sessions, it can also lead to tendon and muscle damage. Excessive exercise can also lead to Osteoporosis.
It may also weaken the immune system, because what we’re doing is asking the body to work harder; without allowing it to rest between sessions. Too much exercise can become obsessive and in some cases family and friends may become excluded, when the gym becomes more important than they are. I have seen that happen.
I believe that although we don’t always class things as an addiction, those things would almost lend itself to that kind of behaviour. Perhaps this is something we should consciously consider.
There is no reason why we cannot enjoy something without it turning into an obsession. The key is moderation.