Eating Disorder and University Gym Watch

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So, I'm heading to University in September. I struggle with an eating disorder, so I want to take advantage of using the high-tech gym at my university... But the problem is that I don't know what healthy is.

I used to use exercise to 'purge', and I'm fighting against the fact that I've trained my body to eat at around 900-1000 calories for around two years (and yet, still literally a bit on the chubby side, amazing that)... I could lose 6 pound in a week and then gain it STRAIGHT back at the weekend with one takeaway. Just stuff like that. Anyway, this long time of purging and extreme dieting has literally programmed my body and mind to stay hungry.It all stems from a very deep rooted fear of gaining weight, after having been heavy and losing the weight. I AM trying to fight against it. I think I've managed to up my calorie count up to around 1500! I've also stopped calorie counting, but sometimes I give in to weighing myself. Having this disorder is like a... secret voice in your head that's literally working against your mind. A few weeks ago, I saw the calorie label of a yoghurt pot, and this voice proceeded to say "Okay, you can have that, skip lunch, exercise for an hour and a half..." And I told myself I wasn't listening to it. And then, at the end of the day, I nearly faint. I sit down and think what it is. I literally don't feel hungry, but I logically thought it -might- have been hunger. So I made myself some tuna and toast, and... Yeah, it was hunger. Sorry, there's a fair bit of rambling: MY QUESTION IS What would be the right amount to exercise in a gym to be healthy? I can see my diet changing at University pretty drastically, but I don't want to fall back into the cycle of punishing myself with exercise, but I do want to try be healthy. I want to enjoy eating out with friends like a normal person, and work out in a gym like a normal, balanced, happy person. You know? Any advice would be appreciated, I feel a bit scared of losing control with my ED.
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About 1hr-1.5 max three times a week would be a good start. Do a variety of different excersises eg start with some cardio, then do excersises for legs, abs, back, arms etc
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Wow I can relate to so much of what you said. I think the healthy approach to gym would be to focus on strengthening yourself. Start doing strength exercises and focus on your fitness results rather than "spending 2 hours on a elliptical". Cardio is good but it can quickly become a way to 'purge'. Might be better to only do a bit of cardio so you don't start using it in an unhealthy way. It would be very good to join a sport club at your uni, it is a great way to keep fit and have fun without watching your calorie burn. Some gyms also have group exercise classes which could be beneficial.

Overall I would say 2 hours per day is a max. Try to average 30min-1hr per day of activity. Make the activities fun (sport clubs), make sure to not focus on one activity (cardio) and work your whole body to become a stronger healthier self.
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I hate when people reccomened going to gyms. I've always personally found them boring, filled with people who have no idea what they are doing and just going there because it's the hip trend to do at them moment.

Don't go to a gym, find a sport you really enjoy that will kick your ass physically. That way you can make friends by socialising, get fit and get better at a sport. You won't even need to worry about staying healthy doing sports regularly and putting all your effort into it will keep you healthy
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I agree that sports are easier to keep healthy compared to gyms which are just full of numbers. 1.5hrs 3x a week is a good start place until you feel more confident to manage it. If you're in a gym do 45-60 min of cardio and 30-45 min weight.
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