Category: Exercise

Anorexia & Compulsive Exercise: A Dangerous Combination

Nature Lone Tree in Field Anorexia and compulsive exercise often go hand in hand. Tragically, they can be a dangerous (or even deadly) combination. But what is the driving motivator behind compulsive exercise in anorexics, and how does compulsive exercise specifically impact the physical and mental health of individuals with anorexia? What Is Compulsive Exercise? Before we look at the [...]
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Disordered Exercise, Eating Disorders and Sports Therapy

Female athlete stretching Disordered exercise is one possible symptom of an eating disorder. This symptom is most common in individuals with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. While exercise is beneficial for mental and physical health, abuse of exercise can be physically and emotionally damaging [1]. Some signs of disordered exercise include compulsive exercise (exercising even if sick or [...]
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Exercise and Poor Body Image

Woman with an eating disorder doing compulsive exercise 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 doing compulsive exercise 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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