Dr. Kris Keim is a well-known sports psychologist and work’s with some of cycling’s top athletes. She has her doctorate in clinical psychology and her master’s in sports psychology AND she was actually my very first podcast guest. The link is in the show notes if you want to go back and listen to it! She is incredibly passionate about helping others. She said, “During my competitive cycling career I started to understand how the mind and body worked in a way that could help and/or hinder one’s performance. Being a part of a team was something I enjoyed, but it also opened the door for me to help others reach their full potential. Honestly, I would rather suffer on a climb for a teammate and help them stay calm and collected so they could go for the win. This mindset helped me realize that perhaps my purpose was not behind the handlebars, but rather behind an athlete/client offering them psychological and emotional support. This is what I refer to as the human side of sport and performance. Remembering that athletes are people who have feelings and imperfections.” She is an expert and is well-versed in a lot of the topics that come up daily with her clients. We’ll go deep into one of those topics today: body image and disordered relationships with food and exercise.
I’m so thankful to have the privilege to know and work with Dr. Keim. She has been my rock when things get hard. As athletes and even as human beings, we all have had our struggles with wanting to look good, wanting to feel good, trying to have a healthy relationship with food and also, trying to have a healthy relationship with exercise. Some of us might night even realize that our relationship with exercise could be unhealthy. We simply just call ourselves “passionate endurance athletes” but there is a balance between obsession and being healthy.
In the show, we talk about how to cultivate a positive body image, our self-worth and how it can be dangerously tied to how we look, what a disordered relationship with food or exercise looks like and how we can work on it, and the importance of having people to talk to about these things.
Topics Discussed in the Podcast
- Triggers and reasons for why we might have a negative body image
- How to improve your body image
- How to have a better relationship with food and your body
- Self-worth and self-love related to our perception of our body
- you have a disordered relationship with exercise
- How to have a healthier, more balanced outlook as an athlete
- How to get help
- Contact Dr. Kris Keim‘s + her website
- Dr. Kris Keim’s instagram
- Episode 1 of the podcast with Dr. Kris Keim!
- Her article on Disorders and Body Image in Cycling
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