What’s your relationship with exercise like?

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Recently, I’ve done training on disordered eating and learned that compulsive exercise can exist on it’s own as symptom associated with body dysmorphia without the disordered eating such as anorexia or bulimia.

And I’ve got to be honest – my Facebook is constantly blowing up with people posting videos of their workout routines, in the name of selling something usually.

There are so many layers and of course it’s not my job to judge people or formulate assumptions based on the exercise they are showing their Facebook feed.

But I want to share some of my thoughts.

Often times, it’s painful for me to watch and I will swipe through it. (And I should actually just unfollow).

I am so sick of the media glorifying female bodies looking a certain way and the only way to achieve this is through dedicating my entire life to exercise and “clean eating”. To prove worthiness.

I see women wasting away to nothing. Obsessed with getting in their exercise “for the day”, while posting about the 12 almonds they ate. Clean eating ONLY folks.

There is a fine line between self-care and damaging-self.

And I wonder, are you listening to your body? Or are you listening to the fear that says that you have to be a certain size or you will be labelled as “fat”.

Are you still getting a period?

Is it okay if you miss a workout? Do you feel guilty?

Do you have to workout even longer to make up for a missed workout?

I am just tired of seeing women wearing exhaustion like a badge of honor.

Resting is still productive. So is eating….go on grab a handful of almonds.

My hope is that rest will come. Someday.

Karla xo

Published by karlaveens

Lover of life, yoga, books and deep conversations.

2 thoughts on “What’s your relationship with exercise like?

  1. Karla, you’re spot on. This toxic side of the fitness industry has frustrated me for years. (I have since unfollowed a lot of people and curated my feed, which has been great!) *rant incoming*

    Some fitness influencers sell programs with the promise that following these programs will achieve a certain physique, when it will not. It would surprise people what it actually takes to achieve that mind-blowing, shredded physique; extreme diets and, in many cases, performance enhancing drugs (even for females). There is nothing wrong with wanting a particular physique. But don’t sell the results as attainable and realistic, when they are not. I’ve fallen into this comparison trap in the past. I saw exercise as punishment. I was exercising out of hate rather love for my body. It’s taken a while to rework this thinking.

    The other issue you touched on, “clean eating”. I hate this term. Food is food. Food is fuel. It’s not clean or unclean. There’s room for all foods as part of a balanced diet. I also hate the idea of “cheat meals” and “cheating” on your diet. A diet is anything you eat. It doesn’t stop when you enjoy a meal out.

    Also, what the heck is the big deal with almonds??! And why do fitness influencers post about almonds being a “clean weight loss” food? It’s not even a good weight loss food!

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  2. Thanks for your comment, Lisa! I could write so much about this topic. My eyes were really opened when I watched a video with one of the main Beach Body influences, who talked about how she was only sleeping 3 hours a night and was encouraged to lose weight again and again and wasn’t even eating food anymore, but packaged supplements. Here is the link:

    I’m not going to say that I don’t struggle with body image but I also want to hug people that have zero body fat and are literally dying to be thin. The almond reference was from Weight Watchers. If I have to count anything….I’m out! lol

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