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Old 9th January 2018, 9:16 PM   #1
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Does exercise assist with depression and anxiety

I find when I am happy, I hit the gym. As someone who struggles with depression, I find it nearly impossible on those days to attend the gym. Does anyone have experience with this?
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Old 10th January 2018, 9:11 AM   #2
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Definitely. It's that old saying... Bodies in motion, tend to stay in motion. Bodies that are depressed and at rest, tend to want to stay at rest.

I find that usually, if I can push myself to get there... I usually enjoy the exercise when I'm there. And, there is evidence to show that exercise is more effective than medication in treating mild/moderate depression.
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Definitely. It's that old saying... Bodies in motion, tend to stay in motion. Bodies that are depressed and at rest, tend to want to stay at rest.

I find that usually, if I can push myself to get there... I usually enjoy the exercise when I'm there. And, there is evidence to show that exercise is more effective than medication in treating mild/moderate depression.
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I exercise daily and it does help with my mild depression.
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Thank you, I guess I am just waiting to be ready to go but the answer is to just go. I might do a video at home to get back into exercise. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
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Thank you, I guess I am just waiting to be ready to go but the answer is to just go. I might do a video at home to get back into exercise. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
It really does help. I don't know what your physical condition is, but it also helps to create some additional confidence in yourself and seeing the results of hard work and exercise. I am in the best shape I have been in since my 20-30s and I just turned 49.
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Exercise is the one of the best things you can do to treat depression. If you can't force yourself to go the gym (and you should), at least go for long walks or bike rides. Just move and keep moving.
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Aye, its definitely a great thing along with finding love of course.

That said, if you are on various antidepressants or downers Id suggest to ask the doc or psychiatrist as to what your heart can or cannot handle. If you aren't then go for it.
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Old 11th January 2018, 10:27 AM   #8
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In my experience- absolutely. Personally I find that exercising outside (i.e. Running), particularly in day time, is most effective of all. I think it has something to do with increased oxygen, vitamin d, and the feeling that you are out there, part of your world. IMO running (or more precisely, long distance jogging) is actually quite crappy for fat loss- weight lifting and nutrition seem to be much more effective - but I could never give it up for the mental benefits.

If you are feeling to depressed to go to the gym, force yourself to go on a long walk/ jog...

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Yes, absolutely - go for it !
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Old 11th January 2018, 8:11 PM   #10
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Any form of aerobic workouts actually rewires the brain. Anaerobic workouts like weight lifting, really doesn't have that effect. If you do both, it can change your life. weight lifting does make you feel better after you train but its not enough to get the maximum benefits on exercise. I am not talking about building or sculpting the body. I am talking about depression, better memory, sharper thinking, and fighting fatigue.

In some parts of europe, doctors actually place patients, including children who have ADHD, on aerobic regimens. They found that the patients responded better to this method than prozac. It had drug like effects if not better.

If anyone gets a chance, read the book SPARK.
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Old 11th January 2018, 8:28 PM   #11
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Thank you for all the responses. I read them all and found them extremely helpful. I don't think I am gym ready but I should start some form of exercise.
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Do yoga! It really does help.
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I find when I am happy, I hit the gym. As someone who struggles with depression, I find it nearly impossible on those days to attend the gym. Does anyone have experience with this?
not in my case. i actually find i go running and hit the gym more when i am feeling down because it helps be get out of my funk.
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Old 13th January 2018, 7:26 PM   #14
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Yes, physical activity of any kind is helpful to your mental state as well as, obviously, physical. It was especially beneficial to me when I was in major depression and was overwhelmed with anger. I took up water aerobics and we boxed with milk cartons. I was brutal. Hah. It really really helps to destress you. I don't know how you are, but the stress was making my body ache. I was just very tense. Exercise releases some of that, plus on another level, it makes you proud of yourself for doing it or doing, you know, something, anything besides wallowing.

The other thing that helped me was volunteer work. I only did it once a week, and I had always kind of wanted to but never had time. I did it at the zoo because animals are one of my two big loves. It had an unexpected positive effect on me that I didn't anticipate, which was that now I had something not depressing to report to whatever few friends had hung in with me through the "do nothing" and rageful depression. So you might consider doing something like that. It's not a lot of commitment.
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Another yes here. When in a depressed state, socialising and exercising are the last things you want to do, but the first things you SHOULD do. Exercise makes your body release endorphins which assist with positive mood. Which will make you feel better about exercising next time, and the cycle continues.

Some forms of depression can feel like a downward spiral. I find that exercise and reaching out can reverse that spiral, but only if you're persistent enough.
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