Exploring Relationships with Exercise

Published on: 2nd February, 2022

Disclaimer - In this podcast we talk about exercise addiction and eating disorder experiences, as well as other forms of negative mental health. Please take care if deciding to listen.

In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak with Clinical Psychologist Dr Sarah McDonald. Sarah specialises in eating disorders and works in an eating disorder service. Sarah and I share experiences with eating disorders and poor relationships with exercise as well as a deep interest in the topic of both.

In this podcast you can expect discussion surrounding:

  • Sarah's experiences with eating disorders and exercise addiction.
  • What exercise addiction is.
  • How we might differentiate between addiction and just a "love for exercise"
  • How we tackle the prevalence of exercise addiction (estimated to be in 8% of gym goers)
  • The role of a psychologist in helping those with exercise addictions
  • and more!

This episode's Devil's Advocate question: "There's a plethora of research that clearly shows positive mental health responses to exercise, why would psychologists try to stop that?"

Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

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About the Podcast

MyoMinds Podcast
Demystifying mental health in the exercising community
The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

About your host

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George Mycock

I am the CEO of MyoMinds and the host of the MyoMinds Podcast. I'm a fitness enthusiast who has lived experience with eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and body dysmorphia. I want to improve the understanding of mental health within the fitness and sport community.