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 staying in shape. But as anyone who has ever abused exercise may understand, when it becomes an unhealthy obsession, exercise can become far from beneficial for a person’s life and well being.
Often times, as part of the eating disorder, exercise is or can be used as a means of purging, where an individual will strive to burn off any calories eaten or consumed in a certain period.
Please find below excellent webinar video and powerpoint presentation from Castlewood Treatment Centre on “Management and Progression of Exercise in Eating Disorders Treatment” Presented by Brian Cook, National Director of Movement and Exercise. Brian Cook is excellent in delivering this webinar. We hope you’ll find this helpful and very informative. According to Crystal Cook, Even with the many benefits of exercise, it is always important to work with your treatment team and follow their recommendations. Because eating disorders often result in many negative physical effects, it is critical to be medically cleared to exercise before beginning any new regimen. Learning how to honor your body with gentle exercise and move in a way that feels intuitive and good will support your treatment and recovery in many positive ways.