Depression and Exercise


Going through periods of sadness is a part of life. Keeping yourself from sinking into a depression takes work when you’re already sad. It is not easy. We often get into these self pity parties that only exacerbate the problem further. During these down times it is hard to think of all those “every cloud has a silver lining” and “when life gives you lemons make lemonade” mantras. In order to alleviate the sadness that sometimes overtakes our lives, we must find an outlet that will help to make us feel better. This is where exercise comes in.

Now I won’t get into all scientific mumbo jumbo, suffice that there is sufficient scientific data and studies done to prove that exercise doesn’t just help with weight control but it also helps with overall well being. Science has shown exercise helps alleviate insomnia, depression and even stress.

I could tell you I know all this because I went online or opened a book and read it or I joined a self help group and was told all about the joys and benefits of exercise, but that would be a lie. I found out because I started to workout and noticed how much better I felt myself.

Like everyone I’ve gone through some tough times. I’ve suffered some enormous tragedies. There have been times that I didn’t want to raise my head off the pillow and didn’t know how I would ever find a way to stop crying. Recently I’ve been dealing with some struggles and hadn’t been working out. The other day I finally made myself get up and throw on some clothes and head to the gym. Since I hadn’t worked out in a while I’d just do 15 maybe 30 minutes. 45 minutes later I was sweating¬†and the endorphins were buzzing and I was feeling energized and positive.¬† I knew no matter what I was going to have to face that day I was going to be ok. That’s the power of exercise.

So next time you’re feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, pick yourself up, throw on some shorts and sneakers and head to the nearest gym or turn on the latest fitness DVD and workout. You’ll be very happy you did.

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