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Introduction In this chapter we provide strategies and protocols for managing exercise, definitions of “healthy activity” (of benefit for all patients), and its antithesis, “compulsive/excessive exercise.” Permitting exercise during weight restoration may reinforce weight gain, but it can also increase health risks and portray exercise or sports participation as more important than recovery. In eating disorders (EDs), exercise is used to regulate mood, weight, and shape, but only rarely are patients aware that excessive exercise can jeopardize health. In this regard, we discuss the clinical features of the “female athlete triad” and review the health consequences associated with excessive exercise.