Working out to deal with depression

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2056 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

its a double edged knife, a rotating cycle unfortunately. when your depressed you dont have the motivation to work out, but your depressed because your not working out.

the only thing i can say is you need to MAKE yourself. personally i havent suffered from depression but the endorphins from exercise are an amazing thing. even if its a walk around the neighbourhood for an hr you’ll feel better. fresh air is amazing for people too. so next time when you feel low, make yourself get out there, knowing that its only an hr out of your life, it will soon be over, but you’ll feel amazing for it afterwards.

when i dont want to exercise i think “its only an hr, once its over its over. id only be watching tv anyway”

Post # 4
1040 posts
Bumble bee

I suffer from depression and anxiety, and I force myself to the gym 5 days a week for the past 2 months. It’s definitely not easy.

About 10 mins before we go, I’m so angry that I feel like punching a wall and so sad that I could burst into tears; all I want to do is lay in bed. But I literally FORCE myself to get in the car and go. The FI goes with me, so some days it’s easier… 

Unfortunately, I don’t not feel any good effects from exercise as far as mood (I’m losing weight, but my mood hasn’t improved at all). Whenever we leave the gym, my FI asks me “There. Now don’t you feel good about going to the gym?” and I always say “No” 🙁

But yeah, there’s no easy way to get yourself to get-up-and-go. You just have to do it. 


Post # 5
2516 posts
Sugar bee

@roweboat:  I went through a rough patch, and I really only get the good mood results if I’m exercising outside. The sunshine does wonders for my mood, and I feel less like a hamster on a wheel. Maybe run or bike somewhere and treat yourself to a small ice cream the first few times as motivation. I’m totally motivated by food, lol.

Post # 6
2338 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I studied psychotropic medications in grad school and you are absolutely right, research shows that exercise is actually more effective than the meds.  Of course this isn’t true for everyone but statistically you’re better off with a gym membership than a script for celexa.

Post # 7
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I find going to the gym really helps lift my mood. The medication I’m taking for my mobility issues leaves me more likely to have depression. When I’m having a bad day I can’t even get out of bed. So getting to the gym let alone exercising is a massive confidence boost. 

Post # 8
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I feel like going to the gym not only lifts my mood like @Soon2BD-CBee:  said but it also stabalizes my mood, although I’m going to the gym to gain muscle, the biggest benefit I get from going is keeping me on an even keel mentally/emotionally. I find my hormones (needing to cry-just-to-cry, mood swings and etc) are waaay less then they used to be.

I was depressed about 2 years ago for almost a year and exercise really pulled me out of it and got me back on track, I can’t forsee a time in the future that I won’t have a gym membership because it makes that big of a difference to me 🙂

My FI has even said he feels like its crucial that I go to the gym, because hes seen such a difference between me pre gym to me while going to the gym 4 x’s a week.

Post # 9
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also suffer from depression, anxiety and stomach issues (IBS) I feel musch better now that I go to the gym regularly for the past 5 years. Before that I used to just come home and sleep, not eat and just feel bad about myself. I would spend most weekends in bed crying and watching TV but havent done that in 5 years and I thank the gym for that!!!

Post # 11
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Working out definitely brings me up but I have to do it outside. The gym makes me feel like a gerbil and it gets me down but even if you just go out and walk outside for half an hour, you’ll feel the difference! I find that’s the easiest way to keep it as a habit; don’t make it miserable or hard. You don’t have to go absolutely bust a gut everyday to get the benefits of daily exersize!

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