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Exercise helps depression and anxiety, but...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm seriously looking for answers to this. I know exercise helps, and I have been walking, though not as long a walk as I should be taking. How do I make myself exercise when all I can think of is getting away from this anxiety? It has me paralyzed, and I isolate severely. I have a 5 room apartment, but I live in just one room. I am afraid to leave this room.

I need some steps to take. Seems this is a perfect topic for therapy next week. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I want to succeed.

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CASEYSAUER 10/18/2014 8:59AM

    You're right, this is a perfect subject to bring up to your therapist. We at spark will help you as much as we can!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/14/2014 10:35PM

    Well, I'm not sure I can help or give you any answers but I can try at least. I'm certainly no expert and your therapist should be able to help you more. Having said that.....I don't know how many days or weeks you've been walking for and I don't know for how long you walk. From the little bit I know about anxiety and depression the experts seem to think it could be caused by 1) Inactivity - Your body was made to move, and unfortunately when it doesn't move it creates tension. 2) Increased Stress Hormone - When you feel stress, your body releases a hormone known as cortisol. There's evidence that movement is what depletes cortisol, bringing it back to normal levels. 3) Immune System Malfunction - Exercise is also necessary for a regulated immune system, as well as maintaining a healthy hormone balance.

Like I said, I'm not an expert and I don't know how much you exercise. Even when you are at home when you are talking on the phone walk or pace if you can, stretch often, walk everywhere, get a bike to go longer distances. Try to walk for 10 minutes several times a day.

I'm sorry if this isn't what you need/want to hear. Your therapist should be able to help you more.

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Is Running the Only Way?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

When reading success stories, whether part of Spark People's "official" stories or looking at Spark pages and blogs, I see running mentioned as a progression and boost to weight loss.

I would love to run! When I see people running down the sidewalk I have a longing inside me, one that wants to get out and run. However, after a discectomy I was told never, ever, for any reason run. (I know the doctor was right. I decided just to try running, to see if he was right and only a few steps told me he definitely was.)

Like everyone here, I want to loose weight and live a healthy life. The exercise I do I put every ounce of go get 'em I have, but I've not lost one size yet. I eat well (I'm a pescatarian) and know what my trigger foods are. Is running the only way to lose weight?

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WRITERWANNAB 10/10/2014 1:33AM

    I can't run either & I am slowly losing weight - 8 lbs so far. Hang in there! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/9/2014 7:24PM

    Absolutely not; I've taken off 33 lbs since the last week of March. There's many other types of exercise you can do. I walk just around the house a minimum of 2 miles a day plus other exercises. For me it wasn't about the exercise but the types of food I was eating and how often I was eating. I was eating a fairly healthy diet before but now I found an eating plan that works for me.

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SUE5007 10/9/2014 6:16PM

    My brother in law lost over 50 pounds walking. He has knee injuries from college and it hurts him to run but he can walk really fast! You just have to get your heart rate up and keep it there consistently. It doesn't matter what you are doing as long as your heart rate gets high enough. Have you tried swimming?

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AEHARVEY36 10/9/2014 3:20PM

    No it's not. I walk my 2 dogs, individually, 2 miles each dog. In the last year I've lost about 20lbs. I usually walk 6-8 miles daily. That's walking 3 dogs a day. It's very easy to do.

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Still walking

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The walking I started a few days ago has become a permanent part of my day. On Sundays I take care of my grand kids for about 10 hours, and Mondays are full with therapy, making the week's meals in my crock pot and writing class at night, so I don't get out. What do I do about that? Walking to DVDs.

My knee has been behaving well for the most part. Sometimes I still feel a grinding, but it seems to be loosening up the more I walk.

Autumn is a perfect time for walking. I love the relief from the oppressive heat and humidity of summer, and seeing the changes in nature. It is truly my favorite season.

My next step? To start dancing again!

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WRITERWANNAB 10/9/2014 1:24AM

    That sounds great! emoticon

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TEEPHOTO 10/8/2014 9:31PM

    It has been said time and time again that walking is the best form of exercise. Good going. emoticon

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JAMBABY0 10/8/2014 9:01PM

    sounds good, good luck

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I walked this morning

Saturday, October 04, 2014

It doesn't sound like such a big deal, taking a walk, does it? For me, it was a giant thing, a huge victory, taken without pushing myself to put my shoes on. My depression and anxiety often hold me prisoner, though, locking me in a room I leave just to get a meal or go to the bathroom. I'm one who isolates...keeps to myself in an attempt to contain my depression or avoids others to protect me from imagined and real harm. But today I took a walk, and it felt good to come home out of breath and having enjoyed the fall weather. I think I will take another tomorrow.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/4/2014 7:15PM

    emoticon emoticon Going for a walk really helps me when I am feeling down or depressed. It seems to help me think clearer. emoticon emoticon

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JANUT57 10/4/2014 2:29PM

  Good for you. Walking is great therapy! Enjoy the crisp fall air! emoticon

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UKNOWITNOW 10/4/2014 2:03PM

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Nothing can beat a nice walk in the fall to lift your spirits. emoticon emoticon

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