Can People Have ‘Training Aversions’ Similar To ‘Eating Aversions’?

You may have experienced, or at least heard of someone that has an eating aversion. Eating aversions refer to a subconscious inability to eat or drink something that has previously made you feel poorly, unwell or even physically sick. The repercussions of this is that you no longer have any desire to consume that foodstuff either through fear of it making you sick again, because you no longer have an appetite for it, or because you genuinely no longer like the taste. Quite amazing how this phenomenon can shape your whole outlook on eating and drinking, so can it then translate to exercise to?

To date there is no literature (that I can find) on ‘training aversions’ and avoidance of exercise, despite getting the impression that this is definitely the case for many people. One bad experience in the gym can be enough to turn people off for good! How many of us have trained so hard that we feel sick, or even physically vomit, maybe you’ve exercised and injured yourself causing you to feel pain, have to take time off from work, or stop you from doing something you love such as going for a walk with the family etc? For some people, this pain will motivate them to go harder and push on next time, but for some, it may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back resulting in a severe distaste to exercise and all its components, and thus a training aversion.

So it’s down to the individual to change their outlook on exercise, get back into it gradually, recruit the support of an expert and perform exercise in an environment that is comfortable to them. They could try walks in a walking group, swimming in an aqua aerobics class, or they could sign up to a bootcamp or other outdoor exercise group…the key is getting back on the horse so to speak, and NOT letting it get the better of you.

If you’ve formed an aversion for drinking a particular alcoholic beverage, that’s great news, but if you’ve alienated yourself from exercise…YOU need to change that!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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