Feeling Depressed? Get Your Body Moving.

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Okay, getting up and working out might seem like the very last thing you want to do if you're feeling depressed. And you're not alone. Everyone struggles with their mental health from time to time, and winter can be especially draining, with all the cold days and lack of sunshine. It can be tempting to just climb under some warm blankets when you get home from work, turning down opportunities to get out, be social and get active.

But study after study confirms that exercise is a powerful depression fighter for numerous reasons. Not only does it promote all kinds of positive changes in the brain that promote feelings of calm and well-being, it also releases endorphins: powerful chemicals that energize your spirits and make you feel good.

Feeling anxious? I hear you. Exercise helps with that, too. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body, and since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

Another less discussed way that exercise supports mental health is by offering a break or distraction to overly-busy people. I know, sometimes it’s hard to even fathom squeezing in the time to exercise because we have so many other things to look after: kids, jobs, pets, appointments, groceries, homework, chores...the list goes on. But all of those things, even the parts that we enjoy, can wear us down and stress us out. Exercise can serve as a distraction, or a change of focus, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of worry, and negative thoughts.

I personally use exercise as a distraction when I'm feeling anxious or overwhelmed. For me stress, anxiety and depression are generally an internal manifestation that come in varying degrees throughout my day, depending on what's happening that day. I understand the struggles of being very busy, because I am, too. I spend my time motivating and helping others at the gym, am raising two young girls, run a home and run my own business. I love all those things, but they can still wear me down, especially when there are extra pulls on my time (ahem, Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking...) I often need to just step out of my head for awhile and put the focus on working up a sweat. I crank the tunes and I just go. There are days when I start my workout on the verge of tears because it’s just been “one of those days” but twenty minutes later, I’m on my way back. Exercise gives me a safe space, a place to get my head back where it needs to be. I know that regular exercise helps me be a better Mom, better wife, better business owner...better everything. I cannot say enough about the positive effects regular physical exercise can have on your mind!

So I want to invite you, if you're feeling blue, or lethargic, or anxious, to come get some relief at Live Fit. Start making exercise a fun part of your everyday life and you will see the positive changes in no time. ♥️