excessive attention to “form” is obsession

Keeping fit is legitimate and good for health, but avoiding behaviors that could lead to toxic and harmful trends such as obsession with the perfect body and the pursuit of the ideal shape at all costs

Scientists from the University of Illinois discovered and disclosed in the scientific journal “Mayo Clinic Proceedings”That too much training would be really bad for your health and could cause illness cardiovascular and stroke. Given that this is not always the case and that in any case it will be your doctor to define any disorders, we can however say that the aggressive tendency to train for a perfect body could slip into modern disorders that are experienced by the medical-scientific community, such as true pathologies.

We know how risky it is for health to lead a too sedentary life, but if we overdo it – even with training – we could slip into behavior and obsessions unhealthy for our balance. As the overtraining to keep your muscles firm (vigorexia in fact it is an excessive attention to the level of solidity of one’s muscular system, as well as the extreme attention to what one eats – orthorexia or anorexia).

We are therefore in the turbid field of the pathologies of eating behavior and obsessive-compulsive disorder: therefore nothing to do with sport. In fact, like anorexia, there is also a tendency to have a vision in vigorexia distorted of reality, but if the former tends to drain the organism up to the bone, the second focuses heavily on shape of the muscle which must be, according to the criteria of the subject, perfect (in its distorted view). Obsession can lead to a number of problems which is fine do not underestimate: in addition to the social damage – spending one’s life training, precludes many other social activities important for the health and psycho-physical balance of the individual – also the risk of trauma and injuries, up to damage systemic at the level, for example, cardiovascular (especially when using pills or proteins).

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Therefore it is always recommended to consult your GP e experience training as a moment of pleasure and joy, without entering the loop “I have to do it, if I don’t do it I feel bad, I will lose my muscles or I will gain weight (etc …)”. In fact, this could be a first alarm bell of an attitude that no longer has anything to do with principles sani of sport.

How to train without slipping into health problems ed obsessions? It is recommended – according to well-known expert studies – to train with joy, for the pure pleasure of doing it. Then you have to pay attention to the intensity of the training which must be adapted to our lifestyle. A certain attention is also needed from a perspective of duration. If the goal is – for example – to improve muscle mass, it is good to know that the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, begin to rise after 40-50 minutes. Finally, rest is essential, our body must recover and the necessary times vary depending on the subject.

By a not professional the ideal are two / three workouts per week, interspersed with a rest day and a varied, balanced diet without sacrifice. If you train more often it is good to differentiate the work by concentrating it on different muscle groups, respecting their rest times.

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24 October 2020 (modified on 24 October 2020 | 12:32)

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