Prevent Overtraining

Best Practices: How to let members know when too much exercise is harmful.

While the majority of exercisers are healthy individuals with a positive view of themselves, a few people use fitness as a means of perpetuating compulsive, obsessive exercise patterns. In fact, according to the American Council on Exercise, about 1%–3% of the population experience some degree of exercise addiction (Matthews 2009). Overtraining--or overexercising--is common at nearly all health clubs.

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