How to Know If You're Addicted to Exercise

October 9, 2014 12:05 PM

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Tara Fuller got hooked when she joined a gym in her early 20s. "I loved the feeling of pushing myself hard, and I was thrilled with the results," says the 27-year-old New York City brand strategist. "People were always giving me compliments and telling me how fit I looked." For the self-described type A, who thrived on control, her new hobby was intoxicating. She started hitting the gym twice a day: Spinning before work, Pilates or yoga after, even back-to-back classes. She also started training for half marathons, sprint triathlons -- always pushing, pushing, pushing. "I was getting insanely tired, but I fought through it by drinking tons of coffee and cutting back on other activities, like going out," she says. "My friends started calling me a hermit."

Stories like Fuller's are surprisingly common. She's part of a growing tribe racing from one exercise class to the next, racking up two or even three major workouts a day. This gung-ho movement is healthy in many respects. "Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your body and mind," says J...

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