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Signs someone may be exercising too much

  • Missed or irregular menstrual periods
  • Extreme or “unhealthy looking” thinness
  • Extreme or rapid weight loss
  • Frequent intense bouts of exercise
  • Refusing to miss a day of exercise/practice
  • An overly anxious preoccupation with an injury
  • Exercising despite illness, inclement weather, injury and other conditions that might lead someone else to take the day off
  • An unusual amount of self-criticism or self-dissatisfaction
  • Behaviors that reflect frequent dieting, such as eating very little, not eating in front of others, trips to the bathroom after meals, preoccupation with thinness or weight, focus on low-calorie and diet foods, possible increase in the consumption of water and other no- and low-calorie foods and beverages, possible increase in gum chewing, limiting diet to one food group or eliminating a food group
  • Indications of significant psychological or physical stress, including: depression, anxiety or nervousness, inability to concentrate, low levels of self-esteem, feeling cold all the time, problems sleeping, fatigue, injuries and constantly talking about weight.

Source: National Institutes of Health