Exercise Burnout and Addiction: What are the signs and how can you help?

Business management software in the fitness and wellness industry, MINDBODY identifies the signs of exercise burnout and addiction, as well as advising business owners on how they can help any clients who may be suffering.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of Britons exercise when they need ‘me’ time1 and over half (55%) of gym-goers exercise at least once per week2, But, are these people at risk of exercise addiction or burnout?

The key symptoms of exercise addiction among gym-goers are:

  • Overtraining
  • Never having a break from the gym
  • Losing weight at a fast rate
  • Overpushing themselves
  • Exercising if injured or sick
  • Injuring themselves due to exhaustion

Exercise burnout refers to the feeling of being continually fatigued and disinterested in exercise. Signs include:

  • Decrease in performance when working out
  • A halt in significant results
  • Mood changes, including stress, low energy, tiredness, anxiety, anger, moodiness and irritability
  • Delayed recovery time and increased injury

A spokesperson at MINDBODY, says “If clients are suffering from burnout, then the best way to help them is to encourage them to try something different, like a new group class or gym routine, as this can prevent them from being bored and disinterested with working out. If you or your employees have a good relationship with your clients and worry they could have an exercise addiction, it could be worth asking them to seek professional help as this is the best way to help them recover.”

Tom Jenane, Nutrition & Fitness Expert at Natures Health Box offers his advice: “While a regular gym-goer is in the interests of the business, they have a duty of care to ensure customers are taking sufficient breaks and allowing their bodies to recover. With modern systems, you are alerted how often you are going to the gym, and this data can be used to personalise advice. So, if a client is coming to the gym every day, then they could be sent an email highlighting the regularity and the importance of rest and recuperation.”

For more information about MINDBODY, please visit: https://uk.mindbodyonline.com