Though exercises are good for health, extreme exercising can lead to addiction, according to new research.
Scientists who conducted study on rats found that mice that were given a drug that produces withdrawal of heroin addiction went into withdrawal after running excessively on exercise wheels.
Scientists explains that if extreme exercise is addicting, then may be to feel good, addicts could adopt moderate exercising instead of drugs.
The findings also highlights that anorexia athletica, potentially dangerous eating disorder, in which exercises are considered to shed extra pounds becomes as compulsive as taking drugs, ending up with greater weight loss.
For those looking for an excuse to hit the couch, however, this study looked at excessive, not moderate, exercise.
“As with food intake and other parts of life, moderation seems to be the key. Exercise, as long as it doesn’t interfere with other aspects of one’s life, is a good thing with respect to both physical and mental health,” said lead author Robin Kanarek, PhD, of Tufts University.
Read more at American Psychological Association