Thursday, 16 May 2013

Let's Get Physical?

I know I'm a little late to the party but this week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2013, and this year's theme is Let's Get Physical! I've thought a little about it, before just typing away telling you all to move your bums, join a fitness class, run a mile or five.. here's where I stand.
To me this theme is a little controversial! Sure, I don't disagree that exercising is great for boosting your mood as it's widely known that exercise kick starts the endorphin release. However, as someone who is recovering from an eating disorder, I'm not sure that this is right for me and/or those who are more ill and consumed by this terrible illness.

Exercising when you are extremely underweight and controlled by deadly, sick fitness instructor is NOT going to be good for your mental well being. Even as someone who is almost weight restored and physically healthy should not be exercising when it's for the wrong reasons.

Go on, it's only another mile, another 5 laps
Don't take the bus, it's only an hour walk
You've eaten today so burn it off!

These are only a few of the destructive comments drifting through the head of someone who has an eating disorder. Me personally would be on the cross trainer everyday, not stopping until I'd burned enough, ran far enough. Basically, until I felt I'd pass out. I was someone who should definitely not be exercising because it's causing more damage than good. I can only advise you become LESS physical, if this is you.
On the other hand, I am doing the Race for Life in 8 weeks, so walked/jogged the 5k today. There was no pushing myself harder, to pound the pavements for the entire distance. I took my time and slowed where I needed to. I did that as me and not someone controlled my a mental illness!

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