Category: Exercise

Exercise and Poor Body Image

Woman running a treadmill. Exercise is important for physical and mental health [1]. But what happens when exercise becomes harmful? Exercise can be damaging physically and emotionally if it becomes abusive [1]. It can be difficult to know if someone is abusing exercise. Here are some signs: Dependence Someone is dependent on exercise when they use it to avoid upsetting [...]
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Exercise and Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman receiving her therapeutic potential ofr her eating disorder by running For as long as I can remember, I have been a runner. Even in my heaviest stage, junior year of high school, I still ran. While my daily jogs were not far and they were not fast, they mellowed me. While I enjoyed running, I wouldn’t go as far as to say I loved running, [...]
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Excessive Exercise Can Be a Risk Factor for Disordered Eating

Lady adding exercise into eating disorder recovery It is not uncommon for those with an eating disorder diagnosis to display addictive personality traits. While this has been considered in relation to the disordered behaviors themselves as well as drug and alcohol use, there are many other ways these addictive tendencies can manifest, one of these being exercise addiction. A study recently published in [...]
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The Importance of Movement in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman compulsively exercising Contributor: Tanya Brown, MA, NFPt-CPT – Aftercare Specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center A hallmark of many eating disorders is the categorical elimination of food groups and the increase in movement or exercise. Those with anorexia frequently ban caloric and carbohydrate-intensive foods, while others with orthorexia adhere to an embargo on foods that aren’t [...]
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Obsessive Exercise: Do I have a Problem?

cheerful young athletes jogging autumn morning There exists a very thin line between healthy exercise and a dangerous obsession. Where working out holds numerous benefits for our physical and mental health, obsessive exercise can be just as detrimental. Understanding compulsive exercise disorder Some people over-exercise or engage in obsessive exercise (better known as compulsive exercise disorder) as a means of keeping [...]
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A Letter to Track and Cross-Country Runners

Female runner battling Athletes with eating disorders Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS – Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Victory Program at McCallum Place Dear Track and Cross-Country Runners, To the competitors at the height of your career, retired recreational runners and the aspiring runners seeking mentorship, guidance, and inspiration…I see you, I hear you, and I am with you. Throughout the years [...]
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