Compulsive exercise is most often experienced as part of another eating disorder, although it can also exist on its own. Compulsive exercise can be identified by any number of patterns: exercising for long periods of time; exercising at inappropriate times (i.e., when sick or injured); or exercise that frequently takes priority over other activities in life, such as social events. Compulsive exercise can affect people of all ages, races/ethnicities, and both males and females. Treatment for compulsive exercise typically involves some form of cognitive behavioral therapy.