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Are you too healthy?

Thursday, June 2017

Are you too healthy? 

Trainer Kerrie Olson answers four important questions to help tell if you are – in fact – too healthy.

By Harriet Edmund

Did you know it is possible to be too healthy?

The fact is, there’s a fine line between healthy eating and food obsession – and physical prowess and utter exhaustion.

To help you identify the warning signs of entering the dangerous ‘too healthy’ category, Kerrie Olson, Step into Life personal trainer from Mitchell Park, South Australia answers these four important questions.

 

1. Is it possible to be too healthy? 

“We all know that one person who brings their own food to a dinner party, or who needs to know the origin of every element on the plate including how it was grown, processed and prepared. Often, that same person is also pounding the pavement or checking into their fitness group every day.

Is this taking ‘healthy’ a bit too far? I think in terms of being able to survive and function relatively normally in a community – with regular social interactions – our bodies would find it hard to sustain such a workload. Our mind would also struggle with the determination and willpower required to uphold these lofty standards.

However, a well-balanced intake of nutrients, intermingled with regular exercise that builds stamina and retains muscle should be encouraged.”

2. How can we tell if a healthy eating plan turns into an unhealthy obsession with food?

“A tell-tale sign of any obsession is the requirement to create and structure your day around your thoughts, actions and reactions to your subject of interest.

For example, if you cannot go to work without stepping on the scales multiple times, or you’re unable to consume food that hasn’t been macro-graded, or you simply cannot face skipping one day of exercise, it’s highly likely you have an unhealthy obsession with your weight or fitness level.”

3. What are some physical symptoms of over training to watch out for?  

“These factors will vary between people, but here are some general things to watch out for:

  • Muscles that are always sore beyond what used to be considered normal;
  • Niggling injuries that don’t get enough rest time to repair and regenerate;
  • Tiredness and inability to sleep because your body is always trying to catch up metabolically;
  • Plateaus in muscle and speed gains, as well as weight loss pauses; and
  • Increased sickness due to low immunity and insufficient nutrient levels.”

4. What are some psychological signs of becoming addicted to health and fitness?

“As well as experiencing daily anxiety about food intake and exercise output, other psychological signs of becoming addicted or obsessed can be moodiness and depression. This is caused by hormone imbalances, sleep and nutrient deficiencies, low self-esteem and motivation relating to reduced fitness gains and the lack of a final, achievable end-point.


Your trainer will be able to recognise many of these symptoms as well as your training buddies, so while you always have a safety net with your Step into Life crew, self-awareness is also important. And, if you have any medical concerns you should always see your GP.”

If you found this article interesting, you might also like to read Kerrie Olson’s advice on When to listen (or not) to your inner voice.

 


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