132. Is it unhealthy to stop exercising in HA or ED recovery?

Exercise is praised for the many mental and physical health benefits it gives us, so you’ve probably wondered “is it ever unhealthy to stop exercising?”

This question might be even more front of mind if you’re currently in recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating or hypothalamic amenorrhea.

People’s experience with exercise in recovery varies greatly and with so many more individuals sharing their journey online it can be confusing to figure out what is the best thing for you to do and also if taking a break from movement altogether is healthy or unhealthy?

In this podcast Lucy McConnell and I discuss:

  • What exercise looked like during our own recovery from an eating disorder and hypothalamic amenorrhea
  • Understanding exercise in the context of what your body needs most right now: movement or rest?
  • Exercise and coping with stress
  • Uncovering and being honest with your workout intentions 
  • Being able to stop, change or be flexible with your workouts in recovery
  • How movement (both structured and incidental) needs to fit into your overall recovery plan
  • Questions to ask yourself to figure out the healthiest approach to exercise in hypothalamic amenorrhea or eating disorder recovery

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