Do you have a love/hate relationship with exercise?

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I certainly did, for YEARS. On the one hand, I loved the challenge; pushing further and faster each time I trained. And since exercise physiology was what I was studying, I could actually test my fitness levels and understand why and how they improved.

On the other hand, exercise was my prison. When I woke up in the morning my first thought was “when will I exercise and how many calories will I be able to burn?”. I would push past injuries and run with blood-soaked shoes. I didn’t feel good about myself unless I exercised. Sure I might have looked great, but inside, I was a crumbling mess. I hated myself.

What makes this whole thing complicated is that exercise is good for us, and we know we ‘should’ do it. But when does the focus to get healthy become an obsession?

I think like many other addictions, it’s when you can’t live without it.

“Real change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making the change”.

For me, it took a lot of time to understand that this pain was an important message to put the energy I was spending on exercise towards changing my mind instead.

Written with love, as always,

Dr Kat x

Dr Katherine Iscoe