Episode 35: Overcoming Exercise Addiction – How To Break The Cycle Of Compulsive Movement

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In today’s world where exercising intensely and often is glamourised it can be hard to distinguish commitment to a healthy habit from an unhelpful rigid exercise regime.

Compulsive and obsessive exercise was something I struggled with before the onset of my eating disorder, and was one aspect of my treatment that was often not discussed.

As a result I felt alone and unsure of what and how much exercise was okay to do during recovery.

Healing my relationship with exercise is one that took time, but I can proudly say I’m on the other side and have an incredily good relationship with moving my body.

Not surprisingly, I ended up specialising in eating disorders once I graduated Uni, and am now one of only a handful of exercise physiologists and personal trainers helping men and women create a better relationship with exercise and their body.

In today’s podcast I share my personal wisdom and professional expertise with you on how to overcome dysfunction, compulsive or obsessive exercise.

In this episode I discuss:

  • What compulsive/addictive exercise actually means
  • How much is too much
  • My own personal experience of combatting exercise addiction and what I did to change my relationship with movement from a negative to a positive one
  • Tips for how to transition away from compulsive exercise habits towards more connected, joyful, mindful movement


If you spend far too much time and energy thinking about your next meal, get down on yourself for having more than your daily allocated share of dark chocolate, or feel stuck in the binge-restrict cycle and are ready to reclaim your health, passions and life then the Body Freedom Academy is right for you.

This 6-week program with me is designed to transform your mindset through gentle, intuitive eating principles that set you up for a sustainable positive relationship with food and body.

Sarah King

Sarah King

Hi future friends, I’m Sarah King, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and health coach.

Science, not trends is the foundation of my approach. By nourishing the body and mind with scientific facts we can build foundations for a life of realness, not just wellness.