In 2007, rapper Eminem was at the lowest point in his addiction when he weighed almost 229 pounds. At that time he had overdosed on pills and taken to the hospital to later enter rehab, according to News.
Eminem tried to hide his illness of indulging in Vicodin and Valium, which caused him to constantly overeat and left a hole in his stomach. Having to face the reality of his predicament, he needed to find a different way to address his issues. The rapper also known as Slim Shady began running about 16.7 miles daily on a treadmill. It was like he became addicted to exercise as a replacement for the drugs. Running on the treadmill was beneficial to Eminem’s successful recovery and helped him sleep.
He was dedicated to running and lost 87.5 pounds putting him at a much healthier weight of 147 pounds. Shady says that he has the brain of an addict in terms of running and he may have gotten carried away, like he was a hamster. “ I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 everyday. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured. All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors,” Eminem said, as reported by News.com.au.
Since running the treadmill was taking a toll on his body, Shady condensed the amount he ran and replaced it with televised workouts and DVD’s. He explored workout videos like Insanity by Shaun T and P90x. He needed the motivation while he was alone in his personal gym and he found the instructors quite amusing. Eminem currently follows exercise regimes from the Body Beast Series. Every morning he he follows a workout from the series before he leaves for the studio. He follows the instructions with free weights, a bench, and a pullup bar from his home gym.
Eminem admitted that in 2005 his addiction had hit rock bottom when he started combining pills. He was admitted into a hospital and doctors told him that he had consumed the reciprocal of four heroin bags. If he would’ve arrived at the hospital any later he would have met his demise. All of his organs began shutting down and he would have been put on dialysis, doctors were doubtful that he would come out of his circumstance. Eminem experienced multiple relapses, and while he was recovering he stayed awake for 24/7 for up to three weeks.
Eminem’s recovery provides hope and gives insight on the life of an addict and the relief from addiction.
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