First off, i know that exercise 5-7 times a week is alot, more than most people. I am aware of this. And exercising 3-5 times a week is the normal and recommended amount. And some people workout less - that is also ok.
For me, exercise is about enjoyment and fun, doing something i love and enjoy and makes me happy. It is part of my lifestyle and makes me healthy and happy. It has nothing to do with shaping my body, it has nothing to do with burning calories, it has nothing to do with compensating for eating. This can be hard to understand if you struggle with an unhealthy relationship with exercise - because then exercise is just guilt, anxiety, hate and calories.... but also you think "how can someone love exercise". Or maybe you have grown up in a family where exercise hasnt been a part of your life or you havent found a form of exercise you enjoy so for "you", exercise is just something you think you have to do and everyone else who exercises more than 3 times a week is disordered or obsesed or unhealthy, when that isnt always the case.
Everyone has a different relationship to exercise and everyone has different lifestyles. I have grown up with a family that workouts and i have always been active so for me its just an obvious part of my day to exercise, not to mention that i need to workout for my CF health and i am lucky in the fact that i enjoy exercise and want to be active and dont have to force myself to do it, just to breathe properly. I am not obssessed with exercise, it is not my whole life or my whole day. I spend 1-2 hours a day exercising, some weeks less, some weeks more. But it is nothing that controls me. If i am sick i rest. If i am injured i rest. If i dont have motivation i rest. If i dont have time to exercise, i rest. As long as it makes me happy, as long as i am motivated and as long as i have time i will continue to do the workouts i find fun.
You have to remember that everyone has different lifestyles and enjoys different things. For example if someone was really into music or really into theater and spent 1-2 hours a day doing that they wouldnt be called sick, disordered or obsessed... instead it would just be an obvious thing that they spend time doing what they love. Exercise isnt unhealthy - it is the mindset that determines whether its unhealthy or not. .The mindset and intention of the exercise. As long as i fuel myself properly and enjoy what i am doing i dont see a problem with it. I would never put exercise before my life i.e in the past i wouldnt travel because my exercise routines would be disrupted. Or i exercised so much that i had no energy for anything else in my life and THAT wasnt healthy, but now exercise is part of my life, not my whole life.
I don't mean to sound contentious in this comment, but I really want the message out there that real recovery is possible, and it means being able to live a life free from obsessing over food and exercise, freedom from policing and vigilance over our every steps, and a firm faith and trust in ourselves to take care of ourselves in a healthy way. I do not think that having a history of disorder needs to dictate our entire future. Sometimes I only eat a salad for dinner, and it actually means nothing. Sometimes I eat a double dinner, and that also means nothing. It is what happens post-recovery, it is what was my ultimate goal years ago. I eat, and I exercise, and it all basically means nothing to me. And now I've gone on way too long, I'm sorry, but i wanted an alternative point of view following that original comment."