Tag Archives: Exercise

Mindful Movement and Recovery for Compulsive Over-Exercise

Woman exercising Contributor: Heather MacLaren, LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA, ICDVP is a Dance/Movement Therapist and Trauma Specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. For many individuals who may struggle with an eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and/or binge eating disorder, there can be a negative and harmful relationship with exercise involved. Generally, training in our culture is [...]
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Do Fitness Trackers Impact Eating Disorder Recovery?

Woman checking her phone's browser for dysfunctional eating behaviors Recently, fitness tracking watches have become part of the debate as to whether technology is helping or hurting people’s relationships with themselves, their bodies, and food. These devices track and record user’s “daily physical activity, which includes…calories burned, heart rate, and steps taken [1].” Manufacturing and usage of these trackers are based on “research indicating [...]
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How Nutrition & Exercise Can Contribute to Positive Body Image

Woman Walking Along The Lake Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation “Eating disorders are not only about food and weight.” This is a truth repeated over and over by families battling eating disorders, as they try to help those who have never suffered to understand that the illness [...]
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Understanding Different Forms of Yoga and Which to Incorporate in My Treatment

Woman practicing yoga The practice of yoga, which is based in ancient Eastern teachings, has grown in popularity over the past few decades within Westernized societies. Yoga incorporates the movement of physical postures, or asanas, with the breath of mindfulness and meditation.  Yoga offers new methods of treatment to those struggling with an eating disorder as a mind–body [...]
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Movement Therapy That Supports Health at Every Size

Woman doing yoga on the roof There is often a misconception when it comes to exercise and being “fit” that athletic type of individuals must have a certain body type. In addition, there is often fat-shaming, judgement, and disregard for individuals who may not fit the athletic build type yet still enjoy participating in sports or other athletic activities. This is [...]
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Therapeutic Potential of Exercise in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman receiving her therapeutic potential ofr her eating disorder by running Exercise in eating disorder recovery can often be a tricky thing to maneuver around for several reasons, the primary issue being that exercise is often “misused” as part of a negative eating disorder behavior. On the outside, a person who is exercising intensely might be praised or positively reinforced for their “healthy” regiment and for [...]
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Benefits of Exercise for Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Schizophrenia

Woman running with Compulsive Exercise and Eating Disorders Eating disorders are complex psychiatric illnesses that involve a combination of biological, psychosocial and environmental factors. Because the underlying factors of eating disorders are similar to those that influence other mental illnesses, it is not uncommon for co-occurring disorders to occur. Co-occurring disorders involve two or more mental illnesses that develop alongside each other. Among [...]
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Eating Disorders in Young Athletes

Woman athlete in a canoe Eating disorders are characterized by a disturbance in eating or eating related behaviors that clinically impairs physical health and/or psychosocial functioning. The categories of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa (AN) which is characterized by persistent calorie restriction, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and a disturbance in perceived body size and shape. Bulimia Nervosa [...]
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Practicing Yoga Therapy in Recovery: Renegotiating Exercise in the New Year

Yoga Therapy and exercise in New Year Practicing yoga can elicit a variety of emotions for someone struggling with an eating disorder. There might be a desire to engage in yoga as a form of compensatory exercise. Being in vulnerable positions might be triggering to survivors of trauma. For others, there might be an inability to be still and connect with their [...]
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