Exercise addiction is repeatedly having the strong compulsion to workout. People with this condition exercise too frequently and/or too long that it is already leading to physical harm. They still continue with their detrimental routines despite their desire to stop; hence, they often exercise in secret. This is usually associated with unhealthy body image and eating habits.
For instance, a person with exercise addiction is working out three times a day: morning, lunch break, and at night. Her weight is already dangerously low and she already has feet and spine injuries due to her excessive strenuous activities. She does not have a social life and is experiencing anxiety when she could not workout for at least thrice a day. This condition may be related to body dysmorphic disorder and to the spectrum of obsessive/compulsive disorders.