It's either this or prozac!
So we talk alot about the physical benefits of exercise... anybody want to comment on the emtional benefits? I have personally struggled with anxiety and depression on and off over the course of my life. I've never been officially diagnosed but I know the symptoms. I've managed those feeling for many years through exercise!
When I first moved to the city I live in now it was a difficult transition for me. I had never lived away from my parents before. I was still a newlywed and had only been married less than a year at the time. I knew no one else in this city and on top of that I also have a paralyzing fear of getting lost while driving which meant I rarely left our little apartment. I fell into a terrible depression. All I wanted to do was sleep. I had no appetite. I didn't want to be around anyone. I lost all interest in everything I once loved. I quit taking care of myself... heck I even quit taking a bath for a while (I know...eeewwwwww). I fought my way through that time with prayer and exercise.
I have learned over the years that when I don't get the physical activity and endorphin release I need on a regular basis it really affects my mental and emotional state. When I exercise regularly I am generally more calm and basically just feel better about life. I seriously would need to be on antidepressants if exercise wasn't a part of my daily routine. Please know that I'm not knocking medication... there is nothing wrong with taking it if you need it. I would just rather find other ways of coping if possible.
Anyways... the reason I bring this up is that the last few weeks have been somewhat of a challenge for me emtionally and you can bet I was in the gym every day... working out all those feelings. It helps immensely. It may not change the situation :( but it does something in me that helps to change my attitude towards it. Sitting home sad about something isn't coping... hitting the weights and burning up the cardio is my way of being proactive.