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:
- 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?
- Why do you think exercise is becoming so disordered in our society?
- 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?