Is there really too much of a good thing? As bicycle crash attorneys and bikers ourselves, we understand the sport well. We feel a rush every time we go for a ride, and sometimes feel a bit disappointed when circumstances prevent us from cycling. But when does a healthy habit become an addiction?
Most avid cyclists know well the good-natured ribbing of friends and family who question the time we dedicate to fitness levels and sport. Most of the time it’s just that- teasing. But if you have noticed an increasing level of concern from loved ones, it may be time to consider if your hobby could be causing you more harm than good.
Addiction to cycling is defined as crossing the line to where biking becomes increasingly harmful. This may mean training each and every day, excessively pushing the limits of your body, and refusing to take time off.
Signs of addiction to cycling include:
Refusing to take time off or rest days
Increasing aches, pains, and injuries related to cycling
Missing work in order to ride
Skipping out on activities with friends and family events in order to ride
Feeling irritable or melancholy when unable to ride
Riding intentionally to boost or elevate your mood
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I’m addicted to cycling – so what?
If you are addicted to cycling, you may sacrifice other areas of your life to pursue your sport. You may take unnecessary risks with your body and your health. You may also face increasing levels of injury and muscular and joint degradation as you push the limits of your body. Also, your mental health and wellbeing may suffer as a result of your increasing desire to boost and elevate your mood through cycling.
Treatment for cycling addiction
Treatment for cycling addiction involves regular therapy, preferably with a cognitive behavioral therapist. Such therapy will often center on setting reasonable, achievable goals, identifying the risks and potential harm associated with cycling addiction, and creating a life/work/sport balance that allows for optimal health and fulfillment. It may be helpful to find a therapist who has experience with exercise or sport addiction.
With proper treatment and a commitment to life balance, you’ll be well on the road to recovery in no time. You can then resume enjoying your sport in a healthy, functional way!
We are avid bikers ourselves, and we know the thin line that lingers between healthy commitment and addiction. As bicycle crash attorneys we urge bikers to follow safety guidelines to stay safe from harm both on and off that roadways.