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IJOANIE Posts: 351
12/18/12 9:54 P

I did give up on exercise! I had a torn tendon in my ankle, and for a long time it was un diagnosed! So even walking hurt me! It got to be very depressing, which even made mattersworse!After diagnosis, I had surgery with a six month recovery time. So
I just started Spark people a few weeks ago! Primarily thinking I would change diet.But I was encouraged to just do ten minutes of activity a day!
And I do at least that! Though very hard to do sometimes, I view it as a self care task, like brushing teethIts just something I have to do!
I have not done any activity for a long time, and that makes it difficult to get going.but I realize I am able to walk! I am able to get around! Some times people really can't! But there is usually something you can find to do!

FITGRANDMA145 Posts: 4,915
12/17/12 9:53 A

Yes, they are right. Whether its anxiety, depression, panic disorder, etc. Exercise stimulates our body and brains. If you can even set a timer to get some exercise throught the day, it will help. It is not just about a better body, it helps the mind as well.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,155)
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12/16/12 6:55 A


Why have you given up on exercise ? Do you find your workouts boring ? not challenging enough ? Exercise isn't just about how many calories we burn in X amount of time. The benefits of a regular exercise program go far beyond calorie burn. I'm sure your doctor told you that regular exercise could help decrease any depression you have.

So, don't give up on your exercise. It really does a body good !!

How to ease back into a regular program ? How about taking a daily walk ? Don't believe walking can help you lose weight ? There are members who've lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. So, if you want to do a little something each day, take a walk. Some other things you could do would be to take the stairs instead of the escalator. when you go to the mall, park at the far end of the lot and walk the extra way. if you take a bus or subway, get off one stop before your stop and walk the extra way. if you take an elevator, get off 1 or 2 floors before and take the stairs.

These are simple things you can do to make your day more active.

Do you have a gym membership ? how about taking a look at the schedule and see what classes they have. Try Zumba. Zumba is a Latin dance based workout that's lots of fun and terrific cardiovascular exercise. There are lots of different things you can do. mix things up so that you don't get bored.

You really can do just about anything you want for exercise. It's all good.

THESUBY Posts: 615
12/16/12 2:51 A

When I was put on zoloft, I got sleepy for about a month; I solved the problem by taking them before going to bed, and the side effects went away. Sometimes, different timing or what kind of food you eat with the medication make a difference. For example, grapefruit juice may reduce the effectiveness of antidepressants, I read somewhere.
If the only reason you are off medications is that you had side effects, you should probably talk to your doctor about trying a different kind of medication; you'll probably have to try a few before you find one that works for you. Talk therapy is great, but it can't replace meds in all circumstances; in many cases, both therapy and meds bring good results.
Don't give up; keep discussing alternatives with your doctor until you find something that works. You can do it!

DESERTMOTH SparkPoints: (4,148)
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12/16/12 1:34 A

I would pick up the book Spark by John J. Rately. I listen to it from audible as I walk. The mental health chapters are most helpful but the whole book is great. If you have problems with meds you may get a lot of benefit by a minimum 30 min of raising your heart rate everyday. The book explains the science. I am trying this approach so I can reduce weight gaining and mind numbing medications. Good luck. Let me know how this works for you of you try it.

SNOWJESTER SparkPoints: (29,896)
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12/15/12 5:39 P

Are you doing anything else like talk therapy for your depression? Have you discussed alternative medications with your doctor? Maybe there's one that won't have the horrible side effects.

I say aim for a minimum of ten minutes of exercise a day for 21 days. That's how long it takes to make something a habit. I just read a post saying that emotional motivation isn't really reliable because once the honeymoon phase is over, you don't want to exercise. So it has to just be a habit like brushing your teeth.

Also, check out the dealing with depression team if you're not already a member. It helps to have support from people who know what you're going through. Best of luck!

MARICH3 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/15/12 3:57 P

I was on some medication and I am now being weened off them but the trouble is I have almost given up on exercise. I cannot go back on them as the side effects were horrendous. Anyone got any ideas to get my mojo back


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