Disordered Exercise: What Mums Really Need To Know


In the work I do as a dietitian, I not only see people with disordered relationships with food, but also with exercise.

My philosophy on exercise/movement is:

  • Movement should be enjoyable – Movement should not be used as a strategy for changing your body shape, size or weight. Don’t do a type of exercise that you dislike, because you won’t enjoy it and you will likely stop moving!
  • Focus on how movement makes you feel (E.g. energetic, happy, relaxed, content, well, improves sleep quality and so on).
  • Exercise safely – Exercise within your physical limits and increase movement gradually.
  • Make movement apart of your daily routine. All movement counts, you don’t have to go to the gym unless you want to!

I interviewed Philippa Bowman, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert at Nurtured Fitness to get her perspective on the topic. We discussed the following questions:

  1. Do you see mums who have turned exercise into another diet? What proportion of mums do you see who have a disordered relationship with exercise?
  2. Why do you think exercise is becoming so disordered in our society?
  3. What is your advice to mums who are not sure if they have turned exercise into a diet or are at risk of turning exercise into a diet? What are the signs of disordered exercise?

CLICK HERE to watch the interview. 

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Hi! I’m Natalie Thompson, a non-dieting Accredited Practising Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviours to help improve health whilst nurturing relationships with food and body. I help mums who struggle with nutrition and body image and worry about the impact they have on their children discover the joy in eating and make peace with food and their beautiful body whilst being the role model they imagine for their children, focusing on compassionately nourishing the mind, body and spirit of themselves and their children.


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