Key Step 2: EXERCISE/MOVEMENT
As well as the physical benefits, exercise is emerging as a promising way to overcome depression. 2013 meta-analysts cautiously reported that exercises that are both aerobic and resistant were moderately effective in treating depression symptoms. Exercise seemed to be as effective as anti-depressants and psychological treatment.
There’s a reason to do it! It’s also been proven that exercise helps people to focus on any given task as it clears the mind.
When getting yourself to exercise, you’ve got to work out what feeling you like. Slow or huffy puffy exercise. How do you feel after exercise? Do you realise that it increases your blood circulation? You might find that feeling good is more important to you than being toned and stronger. Perhaps you just love to set yourself goals. Work out what it is that you have to do to just do it. Younger or older, it is important for YOU. There’s no point in making excuses. You are the only one that loses out.
You can put as little or as much as you like into any exercise to get what you want out of it – you just have to find out what makes you feel good and you enjoy. You may need to pretend (fake it till you make it) until you learn to feel that lovely feeling of enjoyment with exercise, if it has never been your thing and your mind cringes with the thought. It could be going dancing twice a week, playing badminton, or going to Zumba classes. There are so many things out there; you’ll find something that you enjoy. If you do exercise with a friend it keeps you accountable.