Are you passionate? Are you TOO passionate? Many people miss the mark when it comes to being healthy, while some of us might be a little over the top. There is a balance, let’s talk about how to find it and all the joy that should come from being healthy.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Importance of recognizing the line between passion and obsession (overall value) (4:44)
  • How do you know the line is being blurred? Creating awareness. (8:25)
  • Initial signs of an obsession – what to watch for (10:05)
  • Does the fitness industry have a body image problem? (14:45)
  • Mindfulness – be passionate, not obsessed and be enthusiastic, not intimidating (19:00)
  • Loss of Joy as an indicator and key to evaluating passion vs. obsession (20:00)
  • Stress & Cortisol reversing fitness efforts, especially shame and guilt (22:00)
  • How to help borderline obsessive clients reduce anxiety (25:00)
  • Obsession (and stess) can be positive (31:00)
  • Judgement is a mirror (33:30)
  • Not being obsessed and not being so fit is okay (from a comment on Facebook) (34:30)

Resources mentioned in the show:

Idea Article about Body Image

Stress Book

Some of our viewers said:

There is a huge difference between obsessed and dedicated.
A big part of obsession is the unrealistic timetable shows like The Biggest Looser sell to the public. Everyone brags how fast they lost weight.
I think convincing clients that fitness is a lifestyle and not a goal, can help them from becoming “obsessed”.
I agree…there’s ‘healthy obsession’ which is probably the temporary kind in order to get a job or task done. Then, if still obsessing after the job is done, maybe it’s getting unhealthy at that point.

“Passion is a positive obsession. Obsession is a negative passion”- Paul Carvel

Another awesome show.

Passion is the key to success.

NFPT Live Episode #33



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How Sleep Deprivation and Disorders Affect Fitness

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