The excessive focus some people with an Eating Disorder may place on body, weight, shape, and size, an effort to stay healthy and fit often turns into compulsive, extreme and rigid exercise routines. In an effort to help clients combat related rigid mind-set and compulsive exercise behaviours, clients participate in non-routinised fitness activities that are both beneficial and enjoyable, and which allow for spontaneity. Conversely, some people with an Eating Disorder may have withdrawn from all forms of exercise due to various reasons, e.g., embarrassment, self-esteem, energy. NEDRC will never force clients but we will encourage, a slow and steady form of enjoyable therapeutic movement which staff will support you through. Medical risk assessments will always be carried out prior to commencement of any therapeutic movement.
The great outdoors
Outdoor activities such as excursions and bushcraft are designed to challenge individual limits and be present in the moment. Such activities, both formal and informal, confront isolation, avoidance, perfectionism, self-consciousness and unproductive competition. At the same time, these activities enhance self-confidence and worth, positive social interactions, appropriate risk-taking and non-compulsive fitness activity. Outdoor experiences are individualised according to the client’s health status, treatment level and ability. Depending on the activity, clients develop an awareness of the natural resources available Bear Grylls style!