Physical health and fitness is an integral part of recovery from an eating disorder, and the life to be lived beyond it. However, very often sufferers report experiencing that mainstream treatments overlook this in favour of rapid weight restoration.
Sadly, many people with an eating disorder actually feel that the difficulty they experience in coping with any weight gain would actually be more manageable if they could retain a degree of control, using improvements in strength, tone and functional fitness as a means of “justification” for what they have to do.
And, for eating disorder sufferers whose difficulties have led to excessive weight gain, it can be embarrassing to attend a mainstream gym, with the psychological issues that led to the weight gain going unaddressed. GP Referral schemes are available, but sadly often overlooked in favour of anti-obesity drugs and bariatric surgery.
In a radical move from standard approaches, the holistic services from fit2change offer clients the opportunity to incorporate the healthy use of exercise in achieving their goals.
From improvements in general fitness levels and effective weight management, to preventing deterioration in conditions relating to their eating disorder, fit2change offer expert guidance to aid the client toward their chosen goals, addressing both the psychological and physical needs of each client.
Our fully qualified and insured trainers have extensive experience in working with eating disorders, and managing health, including weight, through incorporating exercise, and receive further education to enhance their practice.
Like all aspects of the fit2change service, clients can access support in person or online.
- Incorporating exercise for weight management
- Programming corrective exercise for specific issues, e.g. osteoporosis, hypertension
- Safely managing issues of over-exercise; recovering from chronic overtraining
- Programming for weight gain through improvements in tone and conditioning
- Exercise for improving body image and self esteem
- Improving freedom and ease of movement, and fitness for everyday life
Beyond the benefits to physical health, research increasingly demonstrates that exercise is effective for improving mood, and combating the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The fit2change service bridges the gap between the fitness and healthcare sectors, supporting clients to use exercise and activity to reach their goals, designed around their individual situation, while helping to keep them active and healthy