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Running - January 5th 2018, 05:58 AM

Iíve been struggling with my ED on-and-off since I was around 13, and experienced a serious relapse this past summer. Over-exercising has been a part of my ED for the past few years, but hasnít been a major issue the last few months. I recently began running, and have found that I really enjoy it. Iím proud of myself, and Iím proud of what my body can do while I run. I have a couple of friends that have said they think that running is not a good idea for me and could lead to more health problems and another bad relapse. Iím not sure if I agree with this, and am unable to begin therapy again for a few weeks. Does anyone have experience with beginning a new sport during recovery? is this something I should avoid?

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Re: Running - January 5th 2018, 06:11 AM

Hey there,

I do not have experience with this, exactly. I do know people in treatment who have dealt with similar things. I know that for them the exercise and ED combined led to them developing more health problems. I know that in most treatment centers that don't allow the patients to exercise until they have been cleared medically and most of the time the patients are not allowed to do any high intensity exercise.

If you are going to continue running you might want to consider checking in with your doctor and getting a full exam to figure out what/if any health issues you might have currently. If you have ED related health problems you could discuss the topic of running with a doctor to figure out what type of exercise would be best or if you should avoid it for a while.

Something that might be good to do is hold off on running until you can discuss it with your counselor. It might help you to get her opinion on the situation and to come up with an action plan regarding running.

I know this probably isn't what you wanted to hear. I know you enjoy running but you have to figure out why you enjoy it and figure out if it is a healthy coping skill to be using, currently.

I can say that some of the people I met in treatment have been able to go back to running after they have recovered. So, it is possible to get back into it at some point.

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