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Vital BodiesLiving with Illness$
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Charlotte Bates

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335047

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335047.001.0001

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Exercise

Exercise

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(p.21) Two Exercise
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Vital Bodies
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Charlotte Bates

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335047.003.0003

The second chapter, Exercise, considers the rhythm of our bodies in motion and the complicated relationships between exercise and illness, as both a necessity and a joy. Like eating, the significance of exercise is redefined by illness, and the body is maintained, challenged, and re-known through it. Exercise regimes can provide control, treatment and an alternative form of medication so that through physical activity bodies feel strong, independent, and free in spite of illness. But ill bodies are prone to overexertion, and exercise can reinforce their dependence and vulnerability as well as their strength. For Anna, who has depression, exercise has become a form of self-medication. Running and cycling regularly make her feel less depressed, so she tries to be physically active at least four times a week. Disruption to this routine can cause her mood to plummet quickly, showing the dependence that she has on her body.

Keywords:   Exercise, Running, Rhythm, Control, Self-medication

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