Doctors warn you can get ADDICTED to running
Joggers who pound the streets to run away from their problems could be at risk from exercise addiction.
Around one in four casual runners show signs of being addicted - giving up time with loved ones to go running instead, and feeling withdrawal symptoms when they cannot run.
Now a study shows the type of people who may be most at risk.
The research, involving 227 recreational runners, found the strongest link with exercise addiction for those who used running to block out negative thoughts.
People who used running to improve their lives were less likely to become addicted.
Both these types of people saw running as escapism, but researchers stress that attitude is important.
Dr Frode Stenseng, who led the study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said: 'People who can't help but use running to run away from their problems will find it is bad for them.
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