Exercise & Movement

We believe that clients need to develop a sense of faith and trust in their body and that self-care is an important component of any exercise or training program.

With the help of exercise trainers, along with the treatment team, we assist the client in developing a unique, healthy, balanced approach to exercise.  We have a variety of exercise activities including walking, yoga, circuit weight training, and swimming, in addition to more fun activities like beach walks. Our exercise trainer, along with the staff, establishes an individualized plan for each client. Our goal is to help each client establish a healthy and balanced pattern of exercise; we re-establish exercise as a way to add joy to each client’s life rather than just a way to burn calories.  We treat compulsive exercise or those people referred to as ‘exercise addicts’. We also treat athletes. Our program takes particular care in treating this problem according to individual needs. Ideally, before leaving, we want each client to be participating in the activities she will be doing at home.

Exercise and movement activities might include:

  • Weight training 
  • Yoga 
  • Nature walks
  • Dance and movement classes

FAQ Regarding Exercise or Movement

Do you have a gym?

Yes, we have a gym with both cardio and weight training equipment.

How much exercise will I be allowed to do?

Each individual will be evaluated for what is healthy for her body. We believe in creating an overall healthy lifestyle. This includes a balanced amount of activity. We offer yoga, walks, circuit training, dance, hiking, and when appropriate running and swimming.

Do you work with Athletes?

We do specialize in the treatment of female athletes. Since each athlete’s needs are unique and different we take particular care in treating each person on an individual basis. When lack of nutrition is combined with hours of exercise, the body gets broken down at a rapid pace and residential or inpatient treatment may be required as a way to relieve the vicious cycle of nutrition deprivation combined with excessive exercise. In situations with athletes it is often difficult for those involved (the athlete, parents, coaches) to determine where the “appropriate” amount of training and attention to diet ends and the eating disorder begins. We work hard to help individuals distinguish between healthy and excessive behaviors.

We are sensitive to the factors that may have played a part in the development of an athlete’s eating disorder. Ideas about perfection, pushing through pain, being in top physical form, focus on a low body weight and high muscle mass, demanding coaching and the prioritization of training and performance above all else can all factor into the development and maintenance of an eating disorder. All of this is to say nothing about the other areas in an athlete’s life such as school, family and social life that may also have an influence on the thoughts and behavior that make an eating disorder possible. Many of our therapists have struggled with an eating disorder or exercise addiction in their past, and have special insight into the experience of the person suffering. Our therapists maintain a calm, caring stance with the goal of helping the individual discover what he or she needs to be healthy and recovered. We believe that clients need to develop a sense of faith and trust in their body and that self-care is an important component of any training program. With the help of nutritionists, exercise trainers, psychiatrists and therapists we assist the client in developing a unique, healthy, balanced approach to exercise and nutrition.

Will I still be able to train?

We have an exercise program that allows for increased exercise as clients accomplish their eating and behavioral goals. On the higher levels of our program we begin to tailor the exercise activities to the particular sport or training needs of the client.