Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Excessive Exercise Can Be as Addictive as Drugs

source: (ScienceDaily)

According to new research, excessive exercise can produce withdrawal symptoms similar to those typically associated with drug use.

The authors of the study noted that exercise releases "feel-good" neurotransmitters such as dopamine and other endorphins, which are involved in the reward pathway. The researchers believe that based on these findings, moderate amounts of exercise could be used to wean individuals off of drugs.

Although the research was done with rats, effects silimar to those found in humans in terms of eating disorders were found. In humans, the findings may shed light on a condition known as anorexia athletica, where individuals exercise excessively to burn off calories.

Check out the full article "Excessive Exercise Can Be Addicting, New Study Says" at ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2009)