12 signs that an athlete or fitness enthusiast is closer to injury and illness than health and wellness

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12 signs that an athlete or fitness enthusiast is closer to injury and illness than health and wellness

Athletics are a great way to build self-esteem, promote physical conditioning, and demonstrate the value of teamwork, but not all athletic stressors are positive. The pressure to win and an emphasis on body weight and shape can create a toxic combination. Athletic competition can also be a factor contributing to severe psychological and physical stress. When the pressures of athletic competition are added to an existing cultural emphasis on thinness, the risks increase for athletes to develop disordered eating. 

 

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Please find below an incredible infographic from  EDCare. This was sent to us by incredible Casey Ribek. This infographic describes 12 signs that an athlete or fitness enthusiast is closer to injury and illness than health and wellness — many of which are associated with exercise addiction and eating disorders. It also includes tips for parents and coaches on how to spot signs of obsessive exercise and unhealthy eating patters.

 

Thank you to the author of EDCare website for a customised intro below:

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Every day there are new fasts, diets, fads, supplements, trends, and media fueled wellness campaigns backed by a multitude of Instagram models touting varying messages that all point in the same direction: this *insert trend here* will make you healthier, better, prettier, and so on. Curiously enough, our conceptualization of wellness and health, an idea that should constitute a process and journey, has an attention span that mirrors the impatience of the social media generation.

Fixation over the most popular methods of self-improvement is making us “improve” ourselves into the exact opposite of what wellness is meant to foster: a personal look into what makes us — as individuals — healthier. And those paths are markedly different per person. The trouble with the virality of social media and our penchant to blindly subscribe to trend based practices is that we’re losing sight of ourselves whilst scrolling through the heavily filtered wellness paths of other people.

In an effort to do well for ourselves it’s easy to become caught up in the process and act of doing rather than the personal results, goals, and feeling we’re deriving from those acts. There’s factual backing to excessive dieting, exercising, and bodily strain doing more damage than good in the name of health. The human body is remarkable, but it’s not beyond reproach and we have to be careful that we’re not the ones doing it the most harm, through it may be packaged as health.

We aren’t out here to demonize anyone sharing their own track toward health and personal prosperity, but it’s important to differentiate branding from bodily health specific to you. Take hands with friends and strangers alike as you blaze a trail forward for your own personal health. You’ll be able to hold each other accountable, encourage, and support one another whilst wandering the winding road of wellness.

12 signs that an athlete or fitness enthusiast is closer to injury and illness than health and wellness

 

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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