Eminem has a history of drug abuse and now the rapper has revealed he has managed to keep himself sober by continuous extreme exercising. In 2007, Eminem checked into rehab after an accidental overdose and concerns for his weight problem arose. The rapper recently spoke to Men’s Journal about it saying “I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomach ache, I was constantly eating – and eating badly“.
Upon leaving hospital, the rapper had trouble sleeping and needed to adjust to functioning sober. He continued “Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away, 17 miles a day on a treadmill. 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 home and run another eight and a half“.
Eminem ended up exercising so much that he caused a tear in his hip flexors, this was the wake up call he needed to take a step back from the treadmill and to seek out other things. “I guess I’m pretty compulsive working out. I feel like if I step away from it for too long, if I have a crazy week and take a five-day break, it’ll be like starting over. I’m afraid that if it goes beyond that, I might lose the motivation“. Eminem recently produced the soundtrack to the boxing film Southpaw which features his collaboration with Gwen Stefani, “Kings Never Die”.