Some fitness bloggers love to promote their healthy lifestyles. They’re happy to share their small meals and intense workout regimens with their readers. Fitness blogger Erin of Queen City Sweat revealed the dangerous side to working out too much. Exercise addiction is a problem that’s hardly addressed in the fitness, wellness, and health industry. She wanted to alert her followers to the dangers of exercise addiction. In a refreshingly honest post, she admitted that she used to work out too much and offered some healthy advice.
Erin took to her Instagram to talk about the importance of having a healthy balance and not working out too much. She shared a side-by-side photo – one in black-and-white and one in color. In the left photo from June 2016, Erin clearly looked thin and malnourished. The Charlotte-based blogger captioned the photo “Obsessed.”
In her recent photo on the right, she appears fit and healthy. She labeled that photo “Balanced.” She warned her followers to have a slower and mindful approach when it comes to working out. Sometimes more isn’t always better or ideal.
“I was not eating close to what I should’ve been eating and ended up with a severe case of anemia causing a lack of energy to the point where I could barely get out of bed,” Erin wrote. “Yet, I still forced myself to go to the gym although I felt like a zombie.”
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 eating and ended 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 think 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 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 days when my body needs 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 here is picture perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others and start loving the body you have been given. After all, it is capable of great things!????
She even talked about some of the dangerous habits she picked up along the way. She binged on food and then ran several miles to keep the calories off. Erin’s “balanced” lifestyle calls for listening to her body, eating mindfully, eating nourishing meals, and making rest days a priority. Erin noticed that her dangerous lifestyle was also keeping her away from friends and loved ones. She now makes them a priority.
Erin explained that following fitness gurus and models on Instagram could lead to low self-esteem. She often found herself obsessing over her weight and comparing her progress to others. It led her to become frustrated and upset with herself. Erin realized that it’s more important to focus on her overall health rather than obsessing over the scale, reports Fox News.
She warned her followers not to “fall into the Instagram trap.” Erin said that not everything is as perfect as they seem. They could be photoshopping their Instagram posts or dealing with a serious problem. According to research from Penn State, about three to four percent of people suffer from exercise addiction. Common symptoms include anxiety, depression, guilt, and restlessness. Exercise addiction is common among weight lifters and body builders, but it can happen to anyone.
While exercise is important, Erin’s story shows us that everything has to be done in moderation. Not only does she look great, but she’s also in the best shape and health of her life.
[Featured image courtesy of Erin/Instagram]