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Mar 7, 2023

In this episode of Holistic Health Radio, Sarah Liz King delves into the topic of cutting down exercise during recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or hypothalamic amenorrhea. She identifies six key reasons why it can be challenging to take a break from exercise during the recovery process.

Firstly, Sarah discusses exercise addiction as a primary reason for struggling to cut down on exercise. She also highlights the fear of weight gain and negative body image as common factors that contribute to reluctance to reduce exercise.

Next, she addresses social pressure and misinformation around exercise, emphasising the societal expectations that often drive people to over-exercise. She also highlights the importance of having support during the recovery process, and how the lack of it can make it difficult to cut down on exercise.

In addition to the six reasons she outlines, Sarah includes a seventh bonus reason - the discomfort of sitting with difficult emotions during the process of reducing exercise. She stresses the importance of developing better coping mechanisms to improve overall health and recovery.

Throughout the episode, Sarah offers practical tips for those struggling with cutting down exercise, such as setting achievable goals and seeking support from a therapist, exercise physiologist, coach or support group. She also encourages listeners to explore alternative ways to cope with stress and anxiety, such as meditation or journaling.

Overall, this episode provides valuable insights into the challenges of cutting down exercise during the recovery process, and Sarah's compassionate and thoughtful approach to the topic makes it an informative listen for anyone looking to prioritise their mental and physical health during the recovery process.

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