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The Need For Mass

May 3, 2013
By Aqualyn SILVER, Slidell, Louisiana
Aqualyn SILVER, Slidell, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." Anon

Someone special loses touch with you. Tyrants and villains attack you for no fault of yours. Shields and swords are only for knights, so you go for the next best defense: muscle.
Working out becomes a need. Then, it is more of a routine. Then, it consumes you and is an addiction. Without your muscular shield and sword, villains would see right through to your fragile core.
Now what if this is you. This is not just some character in an essay. This is not just some person you have never met. People live like this all the time, but they are praised for success. The hurt they feel deep inside is not laid out for the world to see.
My boyfriend lives this way. He sees himself as a failure and destroys his body in pursuit of strength and endurance and invulnerability. Since he is so vulnerable, it is a cycle that can't end. Working out is his addiction. He has had multiple injuries and health issues, but these things never throw him off.
Every day, all times of day, there is the chance that someone you know is addicted to exercise and working out. The goal grows from losing a couple pounds to growing faster at running and lifting two-hundred pounds. It is a shell that covers these peoples' fragile interior. Health consciousness is the new highest danger to our health.

The author's comments:
This information is all based on real life observations and experience. Exercise addiction isn't a highly appraised concern, yet it contributes to other problems like eating disorders and low self-esteem.

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on May. 15 2013 at 12:50 pm
MckennaS PLATINUM, Port St Lucie, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Well, I’m well.
Well, I mean I’m in hell.
Well, I still have my health
At least that’s what they tell me
If wellness is this, what in hell’s name is sickness?"

I hope your boyfriend finds the help he needs. I am glad you wrote this article because not a lot of people recognize that an addiction to exercise can be VERY harmful.