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September 19th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Exercise Resistance, Part 6

Part 5.

When working with an exercise resistant individual, one must explore and resolve the source of the resistance, such as underlying anxiety, resentment, or anger. The goal of treatment is that the individual will be able to become physically active by choice, not coercion. It is important to begin by validating the resistance and even in some cases prescribing it, making statements such as:

  • It is important that you can choose to not exercise.
  • Resisting exercise serves a valuable function for you.
  • Continuing not to exercise is one way for you to keep saying “no.”

Physically active by choice.

Well, I let myself sleep :sleepy: on Tuesday and Wednesday instead of exercising. :hyper: I feel shame that I did that. :sad: I know that I need more sleep, but I think that I shouldn’t need that much sleep. :crazy: I know that it’s not logical interpret things like this, but since others seem to thrive on 5 or 6 hours of sleep and there is so much societal pressure to sleep less and not to mention DH who sends me mixed messages about sleeping, I think that 8 to 10 hours per day is way too much.

So think of that as a mini-Thought Record.

Time/Location Tuesday & Wednesday morning & evening.
Situation/Trigger Not exercising while on travel
Thoughts See above paragraph.
Feelings/Urges Tired, guilty, ashamed, mixed-up, pressured, resentful, coerced
Distortions Social Comparison, Harsh Self Judgement, Mental Filter, Discount the Positives, Mind Reading, magnification, emotional reasoning, should, blame
Interpersonal Society, DH

Coping Statement: Excercise and sleep are both important. Sometimes I choose sleep, and sometimes I choose exercise.

Reference: Eating Disorders: Exercise Resistance in Women

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