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Unsure how much to exercise

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charlottej

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Hi,
It might be a bit unfair to post on this forum as I don't feel I have an eating disorder so much. As I am underweight though, after loosing weight a few years ago, I'm also really trying to gain weight at the moment. I'm just a bit unsure what approach to have towards exercise with the very low weight I'm currently at. I've read really mixed things online - some completely advising against exercising until a healthy BMI is reached, just focusing on eating more, but others suggesting including regular exercise is a much healthier approach to take and will in fact help the process. Although I know it depends on the type of exercise. I know I would definitely like to begin incorporating more strengthening sessions (e.g. with weights) once I've gained a bit more weight so that I put on muscle as well as fat but I'm unsure when to begin this, I was thinking perhaps once I've put on about half the weight needed to reach a healthy BMI?
At the moment though, other than walking, the only exercise I'm doing is about 1hr yoga and 1hr cycling each week, as well as 10 mins of so of stretches each day. I'm unsure whether it might be sensible to do more exercise than this now though? And, if not, at what point it would be a good time to begin regularly doing weight and general strengthening exercises?
Would hugely appreciate any advice! Thank you so much.
 
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Do you see a pdoc for your ED?
If you are struggling to gain weight at the amount of exercise you currently do, I would think it illogical to add more exercise into the mix atm.
Your walking, yoga and cycling is already regular exercise.
 
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Do you see a pdoc for your ED?
If you are struggling to gain weight at the amount of exercise you currently do, I would think it illogical to add more exercise into the mix atm.
Your walking, yoga and cycling is already regular exercise.
Thank you for your advice :) No I'm not seeing a doctor about it at the moment. I have visited a couple of doctors for other reasons but as they haven't commented on my weight at all this reduces my motivation a little to try and gain it.
I am happy with the amount of exercise I'm doing at the moment, but just feel a little lazy since I don't feel it really is very much, and as it has been, I think, a couple of years now that I haven't been doing much at all. But I also understand your view that it probably isn't logical to do more! I've just started reconsidering it a more as a friend advised I try doing more aerobic exercise as she felt she started gaining weight after incorporating more.
 
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peter1122 said:
The most vital thing you can do to put on weight is to make a calorie overflow, which means you eat a bigger number of calories than your body needs, in the event that you need to put on weight gradually and relentlessly, go for 300– 500 calories more than you consume every day as per the adding machine...

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Thank you for the advice :) So do you think it may be ok to include more exercise, as long as I consume extra calories above those I would have burnt? Or more sensible to continue doing the amount I am at the moment and just consuming 300-500 cals above my basal metabolic rate? Or perhaps it doesn't really make a difference!
 
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