Fitness blogger’s photos reveal the dangers of exercise addiction

Exercising regularly is good for your health, but pushing yourself too far can have very real consequences.

Fitness blogger Erin of Queen City Sweat is all too familiar with the dangers of becoming addicted to exert, which is why she shared a message on Instagram about the importance of staying balanced and not falling into an unhealthy trap.

A different kind of transformation Tuesday comin at ya. Left is February 2016, right is last week, June 2017. On the left I was ADDICTED to working out and was running myself into the ground. I was not eating close to what I should’ve been feeing and objective up with a severe case of anemia causing a lack of energy to the point where I could barely get out of bed. Yet, I still forced myself to go to the gym although I felt like a zombie. The reason for this? Instagram. It becomes so easy to start comparing yourself to others on here, which led me to developing a mindset of – “how skinny can I get? ” rather than “how healthy can I be? ” A number on a scale does not and should not dictate happiness so I’m not going to get into that in this post. What I suppose I think is most important is how much HAPPIER I am in the photo on the right. I finally understand the term balance – my old idea of balance was cutting cals during the course of its week, binging on the weekends, and then forcing myself to run miles on miles to make up for it. What is balance for me now? Listening to the cues my body gives me, eating intuitively( no more macros or calorie counting ), nourishing my body with whole foods, taking rest day when my body requires them, and most importantly: prioritizing time with people I love. My only advice for you is don’t fall into the Instagram trap. Not everything on there are painting perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others and start loving the body you have been given. After all, it is capable of great things !

A post shared by Erin (@ queencitysweat) on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm PDT

I was not feeing close to what I should’ve been feeing and ended up with a severe example of anemia causing a lack of energy to the point where I could scarcely get out of bed. Yet, I still forced myself to go to the gym although I felt like a zombie, she wrote in her post Wednesday.

Erin’s addictive behavior is a real fear. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University defined addicted exercisersas those who “view exercise as the central part of their lives, and experience disturbing deprivation sensations when they are unable to exercise.”

She explains in her post how the constant stream of fit people on Instagram can lead to lower body confidence, so its important to focus on your overall health rather than preoccupying over weight.

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It becomes so simple to start comparing yourself to others on here, which led me to developing a mindset of – ‘how skinny can I get? ‘ rather than ‘how healthy can I be? ‘ A number on a scale does not and should not dictate happiness, the blogger wrote.

A post shared by Erin (@ queencitysweat ) on Apr 12, 2017 at 4:02 pm PDT

She also shared some of the dangerous habits shed taken up when she was preoccupying over her body, and what shes doing differently now.

I ultimately understand the term balance – my old idea of balance was cutting cals during the week, binging on the weekends, and then forcing myself to run miles on miles to make up for it. What is balance for me now? Listening to the cues my body gives me, feeing intuitively( no more macros or calorie counting ), nourishing my body with whole foods, taking rest day when my body needs them, and most importantly: prioritizing time with people I love, she wrote.

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Her advice to keep yourself from going down a similarly unhealthy route?

don’t fall into the Instagram trap. Not everything on there are picture perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others and start loving the body you have been given, Erin wrote.

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