7 Steps to Help You Build a Healthy Relationship With Exercise

Building a healthy relationship with exercise starts with finding physical activities you enjoy most. Here’s how to develop a good relationship with exercise.

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Saturdays were for long runs, and I’d trudge 15 miles. Who cares if it was storming out that day, I was sick with a terrible cold or my shin splints made me limp along? If I was asked to go out at night, I said no; I knew I couldn’t come home late and skip my workout the next morning.

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And yet, I was applauded for my efforts and dedication. No one realized what was really going on: My commitment to exercise was not a sign that all was well. I had an unhealthy relationship with exercise that was hurting me, mentally and physically.

“We really live in a society where it’s assumed that everyone is not moving enough. While data does show that many people would benefit from greater amounts of physical activity, there are some who would benefit from less,” Dana Voelker, PhD, associate professor at West Virginia University and certified mental performance consultant, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

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