The Turkish website “Medi Magazine” published an opinion piece by the writer, Dr Artuner Devegi, in which he presented warnings about the effects of Practice sports Excessive physical and mental health.
In his report, which was translated by Arabi 21, the writer said excessive exercise can lead to exercise addiction, and this can show up in depressive behaviors, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.
Prof. Dr. Artuner Deveci, a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at Celal Bayer University in Manisa, Turkey, warned against “sports addiction” as a disease and insisted on it. He pointed out that sport is actually a beneficial activity saying, “We recommend our psychiatric patients to exercise, and we want them to exercise during the recovery period. But just as everything should be balanced, sport and exercise should also be balanced. It is important that it is done in balance, because on the other hand, when it is excessive, it causes problems, because excessive exercise and exercise can also become harmful.
Diviji pointed out that “exercise addiction” has recently started to spread as a disease, and there are still many studies on this subject, indicating that saying, “Although it is not classified as a diagnostic classification, we are seeing an increase in scientific research related to it, especially in the context of behavioral addiction.”
Symptoms are similar to drug use
Diviji pointed out that the symptoms of “sports addiction” are similar to those associated with narcotic substance addiction, as a person with exercise addiction feels anxious and agitated when not exercising.
Devji pointed out that one of the most important signs is an increase in the amount and duration of exercise. When a person is unable to exercise or exercise, he feels restless and tense and becomes dissatisfied with himself. It also makes the person feel miserable, which makes them have the same experience as a person in dire need of narcotic substances. In the sense that if sport begins to completely dominate a person’s life, then the addiction to exercise becomes important for him. Therefore, this should be carefully considered.
Depression and anxiety disorders
Davite pointed out that exercise addiction can also lead to psychological problems, explaining, “In such cases, complaints such as depression and anxiety disorders appear in people. Generally, people who suffer from behavioral addiction do not go to the doctor directly, but rather experience additional symptoms. Usually people come to us with psychological problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, alcoholic disorders, alcoholic disorders, alcoholic disorders, alcoholic disorders, alcoholic disorders, alcoholic disorders, numbness and other mental disorders. When we investigate, we may discover that this is actually due to an exercise addiction.”
Exercise addiction occurs frequently in patients with eating disorders and may also appear as a significant disorder in patients with alcohol and substance abuse disorders. For example; “Women’s desire to be thin and graceful and men’s desire to be muscular lead to the emergence of this type of addiction.”
Sports Coach Mentoring
Professor Devji, who also spoke about the treatment of “sports addiction”, said that “although the use of alcohol and drug therapies may be suitable for the treatment of addiction, it is not well suited for the treatment of behavioral addictions, because we have to exercise in a certain amount. It is very important that we reduce it to the right amount, because tasks are set to reduce the hours and intensity of exercise, and drugs that can stimulate the reward center of the brain can be used in the treatment”.
Devji appealed to sports coaches saying, “Sport is necessary for health, but when it goes too far it can cause these problems. People who suffer from exercise addiction are reluctant to seek help for treatment. Therefore, sports trainers, physical education teachers and physiotherapists should be careful in this regard, since they deal directly with them. It is important that athletic trainers refer these patients to a physician.
Exercising too much does not make you lose weight
On the other hand, People’s Education Center sports trainer Asli Roshan warned that excessive exercise is harmful to the body instead of beneficial. He recommended making exercise and movement a habit in daily life, but not exceeding the reasonable limit.
She pointed out that exercising in the morning and evening is very appropriate and should be practiced two hours after eating, and added, “When you exercise more or extend the period of exercise, it does not mean that you will lose more weight. On the contrary, you can harm yourself, so you need to exercise consciously.