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#240131 - 07/25/08 08:38 AM Depression and Exercise
MarkK Offline

Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 2578
Loc: Denver, CO
ok - so my therapist, my doctor, and a couple friends have all told me if I would exercise, even a little, it would help with my moods because of natural endorphins (or some-such-thing).

anyhoo - a couple weeks ago I got a pass to our local rec center - they open their pool for lap swimming at 5:30 3 times a week. Since I leave for work at 6:00 anyway, I decided I would force myself to try. And I'd do the "home gym" thing a couple days when the pool wasn't open.

And ya know somethin? It works. Oh, I'm not off my meds - but the difference on the days I do the exercises is very VERY noticable.

So if there's any of you die-hards out there suffering from anxiety, panic, depression - and saying "it will never work" - find the energy, drive, SOMEthing, to try it for a couple weeks. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

This concludes this announcement.



#240136 - 07/25/08 09:54 AM Re: Depression and Exercise [Re: MarkK]
LandOfShadow Offline

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 684
Loc: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
I dropped my anti-depressant this spring without any noticeable effect because I was running regularly. I'd say exercise (running) is as effective as Welbutrin, and much cheaper!

Et par le pouvoir d’un mot Je recommence ma vie, Je suis né pour te connaître, Pour te nommer

And by the power of a single word I can begin my life again, I was born to know you, to name you

Paul Eluard

#240159 - 07/25/08 01:13 PM Re: Depression and Exercise [Re: LandOfShadow]
MarkK Offline

Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 2578
Loc: Denver, CO
... with proper foot wear ...



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