I wonder if the staggering amounts of depression and anxiety rates are fueled largely by our sedentary lifestyles in our current cultures? Where so many of us work in occupations that keep us indoors and seated at a desk and computer.
One thing I know for sure is that when I am active, I feel better. Another thing I know is that when I am VERY active, I feel A LOT better.
I was at a parent meeting tonight where a psychologist stated that endorphins are 27x more powerful than morphine. Therefore, a half hour workout per day is as good as a day’s worth of morphine. Particularly in the pain we feel from depression and anxiety.
We are in a culture made up of people slowing down simultaneously. Moving away from farming and manual labour to more mind-jobs, perhaps our bodies and systems don’t know what is hitting them.
I in my book, if we are not doing the basics of good health such as nutrition and exercise, then we are not getting the most from any medication or therapy we receive for depression and anxiety. In my experience, health and fitness are the foundations of good mental health and recovery.
I am an avid fitness enthusiast. I havent always been to the degree I am today, and I know that when I was at my worst for general, non-circumstantial anxiety and depression, I was 20-30 lbs heavier than I am today, and was far less active.
When I am consistent in my workouts and cycling, every area of my life improves. I think clearer, sleep better, feel more optimistic, care more about others, and just generally feel happier. My head is less cluttered even though it was my body that worked out.
One of my mentors (online) has been Tom Venuto. I use his material and suggestions…. they work. He is balanced, sensible, and his programs are manageable. No, I don’t work for him and no, this is not a paid endorsement. I don’t even know him other than online. I just wanted to share an accessible resource that I have found great success in.
His web site is http://www.holygrailbodytransformation.com/
One of th most compelling things Tom stresses, and the relevance to me in my journey forward, is that we make fitness a part of our lifestyle. We embed it in who we are. We live it, not just try it for a time. We live it daily, a day at a time. And the results add up all by themselves to better health and fitness… for life.