Counseling Center

Is my exercise healthy?

In most cases, exercise is a highly healthy habit.  If we engage in exercise solely for the purpose of weight control, it can become less enjoyable, and taken to the extreme it can have dangerous health consequences.   The following questions help determine whether exercise has become part of an eating disorder.

Ask yourself

  • Am I exercising to get fit or lose weight?
  • Do I think of the time I spend exercising in terms of calories?
  • If I miss my exercise time do I feel anxious, guilty, or empty?
  • If I miss my exercise, do I deny myself of food?
  • Do I organize my eating around exercising?
  • Do I exercise in proportion to what I have eaten?
  • Do I resent exercising with others because it will slow me down?
  • Do I exercise to get rid of my feelings?

If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, exercise may have become part of an eating disorder, and a consultation with the Student Health Service or Counseling Center is recommended.

Questions developed by Ann Kerr, B.Sc. O.T.