Depression is one of the leading causes of lapses in workout routines. When we feel sad from whatever life may throw at us it makes it very hard to get motivated to even get up in the morning, let alone exercise. But I urge you to try, because medical science has actually shown that getting up and committing yourself to positive, healthy tasks like exercise can actually help you deal with your depression. It’s no cure by any means, but it will help you get there. Here are some of the reasons why:
1.) Distraction: Whatever it is you might be sad about; one of the best ways to cope is to try and get it off your mind. There is a healthy amount of time to be sad about something after it happens. But after that time we want to get back to our daily lives and it can be very hard when our own thoughts are haunting us. The best way to get rid of those thoughts? Distract yourself! Get out with friends, enjoy your favorite hobby, and hit the gym. You can focus on something else for a while to help take some of the stress caused from depression off your back, even if it’s just for part of the day. You deserve to have some normalcy in your daily routine.
2.) Self Esteem Boost: When you work out and see results, it makes you feel good. Plain and simple! It’s your hard work paying off and you deserve to feel good about looking good because of it. You also know it is making your body healthier too, so you also feel good about taking proper care of yourself. Exercising to feel better is a prime example of how to properly deal with negative emotions. I guarantee you will walk out of the gym feeling better than when you came in, mentally at least!
3.) Energy Increase: One of the main problems when one is depressed is dealing with the lethargy that comes along with it. It makes it hard to get anything done in your life while you are sad. Luckily, exercise has been proven to gives us increased amounts of energy as we commit to our routines on a regular basis. According to WebMD, “In a study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2008, University of Georgia researchers found that inactive folks who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular, low-intensity exercise.”
So it’s pretty clear by now; exercise can help fight depression with promising results. But it’s up to you to get up and make it happen. Do it alone if you have to, or share the struggle with some good friends. Either way it sure beats sitting around feeling worse hoping that it somehow goes away on it’s own. Don’t let your depression get the best of you. Instead, get the best of your depression! We’re all rootin’ for ya! 🙂