For a lot of people exercises is never the answer to anxiety or depression. It takes a lot to get up and physically get yourself out of a rut. It can be gut retching, scary, miserable, and even give you more anxiety if the gym scares you.  But once you find your goal and hold yourself accountable to becoming the better version of yourself IT WILL GET EASIER. 

You may ask yourself, “how does exercise help my depression and/or anxiety?” 

When you exercise the body releases endorphins that are feel-good endorphins. They also releasee other brain chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Exercise also helps your mind not focus on the negative thoughts that drive the depression and/or anxiety. Exercise is the most natural way to treat depression. 

“In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain—the region that helps regulate mood—is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression,” explains Dr. Miller.

Regular exercise also helps psychological and emotional health. You gain confidence and get to have milestone victories when it comes to your fitness journey. You can go outside, to a gym, or even to workout classes. Whatever is your personal preference just start! Don’t wait until tomorrow allow yourself to be ready and to be confident in this new chapter you’re embarking on.

I can tell you from experience that making yourself get up and do any type of exercise will help your depression and/or anxiety. Getting yourself to the gym is the hardest part but once you’re there it becomes so easy. Over time you will be more motivated and even have more discipline to stay on top of your exercise schedule (to make it a priority). 

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – Kelly Clarkson

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