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Using Exercise to Relieve Depression

Walk Away from the Blues


  • I am 80 and live in Ohio. I would enjoy swimming and I do it outdoors in the Summer. We have 2 options in Winter. The High School where it is impossible to find a close parking space and long halls to get to the pool. The water is cold because the hold relays at that beautiful facility. The second option is the Hospitals Therapy building. It is so small that you bump into each other constantly. The YMCA joined the High School so you use that pool. - 1/14/2016 12:13:28 AM
  • I've struggled with depression for years. I found that exercise did help me combat it. I've also found that if I skip exercise, the self doubt creeps in as well as the behaviors that go with it. - 1/6/2015 8:50:42 AM
  • Thank you for the great article. I have taken medications for depression for years and the combination of them has made such a huge difference in the quality of my life. I know I will take them for the rest of my days. That said, I am also a firm believer in the power of exercise and its healing effects. For me, combining the two forms of treatment make life exuberant. - 9/30/2014 6:21:47 PM
  • Very nice article, depression is a very serious concern and it is necessary to treat depression as it has dangerous effects on mental and physical health.
    I have used Tranquilene to treat my depression and it worked for me. You can know more about this antidepressant here
    - 9/23/2014 7:52:30 AM
    Thanks for sharing this coach Dean!
    And thanks everybody for sharing your story!
    It has helped me out a lot today and in the future too!
    :) - 9/10/2014 6:13:47 AM
  • I've been fighting depression since I was a teenager. When I was in my 30s, one of the other students in my master's program told me he had been taking antidepressants. I asked a bunch of questions and finally decided that I had suffered long enough, and trying to get rid of it just with natural means and counseling was just not working for me. (It's on both sides of my family, so a big part is likely genetic.) I went on Zoloft, and I've been fine ever since. Sure, exercise, life experience and a generally positive, calm attitude help a lot, too, so I'm trying to do all that in addition to the meds, but I'm realistic. In my case, it's a long-term medical condition, and I'm treating it just like I would any other condition.
    As an added bonus, I noticed I'm calmer. I used to have panic attacks a lot without realizing what they were, especially in a public place like a store - really silly, since I work with the public, but very real. Since I've been on the Zoloft, I haven't had anxiety problems, either.

    Bottom line: Do what works for you. Go ahead and try the exercise/counseling/healthy living approach, it does help, but if it's not enough, don't be afraid to add medication. It may take several tries to get the medication and the dosage right, so be patient. It's time the stigma of depression and other mental illnesses disappears. You'd never tell an asthmatic to just take a deep breath, but people routinely tell people with depression to just have a positive attitude. It takes more than that, so don't be afraid to get help. - 8/25/2014 8:53:41 AM
  • The Blues, a form of music. Howlin Wolf, Lazy Lester, BB King, Buddy Guy and the Queen of the Blues KoKo Taylor. Grew up on this music!! It is definitely what I listen to when I'm running, walking or just jammin around the house.

    To me, Blues has Nothing to do with depression!!!! - 11/25/2013 9:53:02 AM
  • Wild West Kate's comment was even more inspiring than the article. Thank you! - 10/29/2013 5:03:31 PM
    While exercise does make a huge difference to my mood there's the counterproductive side if you are naturally competitive - I'm not as fast, have less stamina, less skilled than other people my age doing the same activity. Rather than being inspired by those who can do what I can't I get dispirited. I have to deliberately dumb down my activities so that I don't get overwhelmed by what I can't do - it helps if I'm on an equal footing with those around me. It's cheating but it seems to have a less negative effect. - 3/10/2013 1:39:38 AM
  • I will say that exercise did help me get through a MAJOR depression last winter. The problem is that it is hard to make yourself to it when deeply depressed. Heck, it's hard to brush my teeth when derpressed. Still, if I can manage to convince myself to do it, it really does help. - 1/30/2013 8:26:37 AM
  • Thank you. Concise information that is spot on. Just do it and you will feel better each time you do. Soreness will subside as you get stronger.
    - 9/5/2012 2:04:26 AM
    Great article. I 'm a person that have to deal with mu depression and my son's and he is bipolar and other mental health condition. First what help me dealing with depression is my family. I don't get a lot of episodes of depression now. With my son it's very difficult to help him because he has others conditions. We try to do the best for him. I'm the one who give him the medications; but he tried to kill himself a lot of time and that is the real dealing.
    - 9/3/2012 3:58:20 PM
  • Good article, except for grammatical typo:
    "Depression causes you to dwell on how badly you feel"
    should be
    "how bad you feel"
    It's that you feel bad, not that you're bad at feeling. - 3/30/2011 7:24:15 PM
  • This article is very well written and points out all of the different levels that affect a person dealing with depression. I must say that your circle of friends and family need to support you through this difficult time. It does get better with time. - 12/27/2010 10:40:49 AM
  • Great article! As someone who has struggled with depression for most of my life, I know that every sentence in this article is dead on. I'm lucky enough to have a psychotherapist for a mom, and a good friend who is a psychiatrist. They have both helped me to treat my depression medically, mentally, emotionally and physically. I've recently started a walking routine with a neighbor, and have paid for yoga classes ahead of time so that I will be more motivated to go. One of the hardest things about depression is making yourself get up and do things. It really helps to have family and friends to support and encourage you. I'm now making a real effort to use exercise as a tool for mood enhancement. - 9/14/2010 12:24:16 PM

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