Am I Overexercising?
The Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire
Reverse the scores for #8 and #10.
(Ex: 1=4, 2=3)
Count up your total.
- I engage in exercise on a regular basis.
- I engage in one/more of the following forms of exercise: walking, jogging/running, or weight lifting.
- I exercise more than 3 days per week.
- When I don’t exercise I feel guilty.
- I sometimes feel like I don’t want to exercise, but I go ahead and push myself anyway.
- My best friend likes to exercise.
- When I miss an exercise session, I feel concerned about my body possibly getting out of shape.
- If I have planned to exercise at a particular time and something unexpected comes up (like an old friend coming to visit or some work that needs immediate attention) I will usually skip my exercise for that day.
- If I miss a planned workout, I attempt to make up for it the next day.
- I may miss a day of exercise for no good reason.
- Sometimes, I feel a need to exercise twice in one day, even though I may feel a little tired.
- If I feel I have overeaten, I will try to make up for it by increasing the amount I exercise.
- When I miss a scheduled workout session I may feel tense, irritable, or depressed.
- Sometimes, I find that my mind wanders to thoughts about exercising.
- I have had daydreams about exercising.
- I keep a record of my exercise performance, such as how long I work out or or how far/fast I run.
- I have experienced a feeling of euphoria or a “high” during or after an exercise session.
- I frequently “push myself to the limits”.
- I have exercised when advised against such activity (by a doctor, friend, ect.).
- I will engage in other forms of exercise if I am unable to engage in my usual form of exercise.
30 or less, your exercise is probably not obligatory (note: this does NOT mean you don’t still have some form of exercise addiction or abuse).
30-40, there is reason for mild concern.
40-50, may suggest you have moderate problems with obligatory exercise.
Above 50, you should consider finding ways to moderate your exercise.
(Source: The Exercise Balance)