I have missed important social obligations and family events in order to exercise - no, but I will make adjustments in my schedule to fit it in i.e. get up earlier
I have given up other interests, including time with friends, in order to make more time to work out - no
Missing a workout makes me irritable and depressed - yes
I only feel content when I am exercising or within the hour after exercising - no
I like exercise better than sex, good food, or a movie -- in fact there's nothing I'd rather do - uhhh...an emphatic NO. Nothing trumps eating good food in my books!
I work out even if I'm sick, injured, or exhausted. I'll feel better when I get moving anyway - no if I'm sick or injured - yes if I'm just tired
In addition to my regular schedule, I'll exercise more if I find extra time - no
Family and friends have told me I'm too involved in exercise - ha! yes
I have a history (or a family history) of anxiety or depression - no
Hmmm, so three yes's. OK, so here is the blurb on what the quiz means:
"If you have checked three or more of these items, you may be losing your perspective on exercise. Exercise is healthy as long as it is in balance with a full life. It is recommended individuals who answer yes to three or more of the above items consult with a mental health professional or doctor for assistance."
Wow, so I need to go see a shrink for my "addiction". Ha ha! I know family and friends who aren't runners think that those of us who are training for marathons are a little insane and may see it as weird or an addiction. I definitely do make time for exercise - it's a priority for me...but as I've said before, it's all about having balance and I'm working towards that all the time. I admit - I'm addicted to endorphins and being healthy...and I'm addicted to the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a race or have a great run. I suppose there's worse things I could be addicted to! I definitely do spend a lot of time running, but it's for a specific goal - once the marathon is over, I won't be doing 3.5 hour runs for fun. At least I don't think I will...baahaaaa!