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Gym/Working Out
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Every doctor I've seen and every article I've read recommends going to the gym/working out to help with depression. I understand that the physical activity will release endorphins which should help with mood. I also understand that people can get a natural high from the sense of accomplishment. I've tried going to the gym so many times and I just don't get anything from it. If anything, I'm more annoyed and just waiting until I can go home and watch tv. Does anyone else experience this?
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#2
Lol, I definitely understand that Naomi. Especially at the beginning of the year when you have "well intentioned" people who decided to start working out as a New Year's resolution and the gym is way too crowded. And I also love my tv. In my experience, if I can just force myself to do it and stay with it, I can usually work through the feelings of not wanting to be there. After a few weeks I see some small positive results that make me want to keep doing it for a while.
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(01-13-2018, 01:44 PM)Audrey Hepburn Wrote: Lol, I definitely understand that Naomi. Especially at the beginning of the year when you have "well intentioned" people who decided to start working out as a New Year's resolution and the gym is way too crowded.  And I also love my tv.   In my experience, if I can just force myself to do it and stay with it, I can usually work through the feelings of not wanting to be there.  After a few weeks I see some small positive results that make me want to keep doing it for a while.

Thank you for the response. I've tried different gyms, going at different times of day, working out with someone, different programs and nothing seems to stick.
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(01-14-2018, 09:28 PM)maldita Wrote:
(01-13-2018, 06:13 AM)Naomi Wrote: Every doctor I've seen and every article I've read recommends going to the gym/working out to help with depression. I understand that the physical activity will release endorphins which should help with mood. I also understand that people can get a natural high from the sense of accomplishment. I've tried going to the gym so many times and I just don't get anything from it. If anything, I'm more annoyed and just waiting until I can go home and watch tv. Does anyone else experience this?

This is the consensus in the scientific world. It does not mean it will work for you. There will always be outliers. When I was able to do a lot of physical activity, I will run (and I do get a runners high), do mountaineering activities. I never got a chance to go to the gym as they always ask me for a doctor's note and none of them will sign. As my physical problems worsen, I had to change to other activities, such as cycling (which took me two years to learn!) and is gentler on the joints. The Gym might not be for you but I do hope you find the activities you enjoy that would help with the depression.


TY Maldita. I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. I have found cycling easier on my knees, I can't run for very long. I've been looking into at home working programs on YouTube. I'm thinking maybe taking away the pressure of going to the gym and feeling like everyone is looking at me might help.
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#5
Oh, this is a common feeling. Hard to overcome. Good luck.
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(01-14-2018, 11:07 PM)TheBeast Wrote: Oh, this is a common feeling. Hard to overcome. Good luck.

Thank you for your support!
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#7
I never had much luck at the gym. About a decade ago, I bought an elliptical and put it in our finished basement. I am currently watching Party of F*ve (old 90s series) on Netflix when I ride. For me, TV helps keeps me company while I exercise. I also do sit-ups and leg lifts.

I used to watch The Greatest L*ser while I worked out. That was most inspirational.

I am definitely an on again/off again exerciser but I try.
Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. Tom Petty
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#8
Watching Netflix while I workout definitely helps. I used to listen to music, but that wasn't enough of a distraction. I'd love to have some equipment in my home, that's the dream.
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#9
Hi Naomi,

I feel the same way about gym, but I found an exercise class called Essentrics. It's small groups of men and women of all ages doing a standing "workout" and then some on a mat. It's to help joints, mobility, strength and balance. There are short YouTube videos of workouts for shoulders or knees or all over body that you can do at home. Some are about 10 minutes.

A lot of runners in their 30s and 40s come bc their knees hurt, and they are finding real help.

Why I mention is bc I met this woman, who is somewhat bent over. She said she could barely walk and was in a lot of pain when she started coming. Now she can move, slow and bent but she raves about Essentrics. She still says things like, "I'm saving a bend over, so could you pick that up for me?" lol But she is so much better.

It's so hard to motivate to get out of the house, maybe it's something you might to look into. I hope you feel better!

http://www.essentrics.com/
http://www.essentrics.com/Beginners.html
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#10
Thanks for the info! I'm always open to trying new things since my current situation clearly isn't working.
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