I have always loved to move. I know that even before my history with ED and exercise addiction, I loved being outside. I would get bored easily, just because I loved movement so much; I would always say, ‘Please don’t resign me to a computer job.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I was more formally introduced to what many call ‘exercise.’ And exercise has been both a tremendous blessing in my life and a tremendously hard thing to balance especially in recovery. That’s why today’s podcast is with my friend Jamie weighing both the pros and the cons of exercise in our own recovery journeys.
What are some of the pros for me?
Exercise (gentle exercise) is actually destressing for me especially at this point in my life. I love a good no impact workout or a 30 minute weights workout that doesn’t include a lot of jumping or joint pounding.
Running has helped me heal. It’s marked different part of my recovery journey.
At first sadly running marked an obsession with numbers for me. I was too obsessed with amount of miles run, calories burnt, calories I could eat because I ran that far, but now I LOVE it for the sheer joy of getting out in God’s creation and running whether it be 2 miles or 4 miles.
What are some of the cons for me?
It can be HARD on your body especially if your body is already struggling from restriction. I especially loved cardio for the first 5-6 years of my ED/recovery, and I think I loved it in many ways for the wrong reasons. I loved how it felt like I PUSHED myself, and that made it worthwhile.
It can be something that you aren’t willing to give up for rest or spending time with loved ones. – Too often I found myself exceedingly anxious about MISSING a workout to go out to eat with my family or do something else fun.
Especially HIIT or Running in excess has really affected my cycle, and I can do 2-3 hard workouts a week but not 5 or 6.
Well. . . these are some of the things we’re going to talk about on today’s podcast.
We’ll talk about:
– Why Exercise/Movement is a Good Thing
– Why Exercise/Movement Can Quickly Become An Obsession
– The Balance of Movement and Rest
– Embracing Movement and Rest from Day to Day
– Not Comparing Your ‘Movement’ to other people’s movement
– How Running Has Marked Jamie’s and My Journey Through Recovery
– How We Still Combat Exercise Anxiety
– Why Movement Doesn’t Always Have to Be Tough
1 Timothy 4:8, ‘For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.’
If you exercised in recovery what were its pros and cons?
How has your relationship with exercise developed to a healthier one? Do you embrace movement and rest equally?