Disordered Exercise: What Mums Really Need To Know

In the work I do as a dietitian, I not only see people with disordered relationships with food, but also with exercise.

My philosophy on exercise/movement is:

  • Movement should be enjoyable – Movement should not be used as a strategy for changing your body shape, size or weight. Don’t do a type of exercise that you dislike, because you won’t enjoy it and you will likely stop moving!
  • Focus on how movement makes you feel (E.g. energetic, happy, relaxed, content, well, improves sleep quality and so on).
  • Exercise safely – Exercise within your physical limits and increase movement gradually.
  • Make movement apart of your daily routine. All movement counts, you don’t have to go to the gym unless you want to!

I interviewed Philippa Bowman, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert at Nurtured Fitness to get her perspective on the topic. We discussed the following questions:

  1. Do you see mums who have turned exercise into another diet? What proportion of mums do you see who have a disordered relationship with exercise?
  2. Why do you think exercise is becoming so disordered in our society?
  3. What is your advice to mums who are not sure if they have turned exercise into a diet or are at risk of turning exercise into a diet? What are the signs of disordered exercise?

CLICK HERE to watch the interview. 

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