Saturday, 22 June 2013

Not doing any physical exercise? You make a big mistake on your way to mental health! Read why and learn very easy and efficient sources of motivation! part #1

As it has been already mentioned in another posts (read for example 15 very useful steps for triumph over depression), regular sport exercise and being in nature can have a couple of positive impact on your mental health.

This series of articles is intended especially for all people who don't practise any exercise at all or who must struggle a lot to do something. Never mind if you have no experience or you think you can't afford it for a lack of money. Keep reading further!

Let me start with a real life example. I know a man whose only method how to get up from bet in morning during his worst depression period (in time before his first tablets started doing their jobs) was to put on running shoes and get himself out of the door of the house in the woods. The more kilometres he ran the better the started for him. Today not only that he is living almost normal life, but he also wins running races:)

Photo: Salomon running

Some of the great benefits of doing sport for mental health (at best outdoor):
  • releasing endorphins, adrenalin and other stuffs in your body make your mood by nature much better and moreover suppresses usually negative thinking 
  • everyday exercise helps to your body to settle down to a regular biorhythm (depression is in a certain way disorder of biorhythm, that is way the body is overstimulated during night hours and lacks the energy during day hours...). In addition to it, regular exercise can soon become a positive highlight and a focal point in your week or everyday schedule.
  • beneficial sunlight and chemical stuffs in woods - sunlight is a well-known natural very efficient antidepressant and moreover it is proven that there is a quite a lot of some sort of chemical naturall stuff in woods emitted by trees whose inhalation has also in some way positive mental impacts 
  • relaxing - the muscles are being naturally loosened up during any exercise. This appreciate especially the people with some mental disorders as their muscles are being unusually tensed and consequently exhausted due to the excess of stress, anxiety and nervousness.
  • self-esteem - sport is a natural way of boosting of your self-esteem and gaining more self-confidence. Moreover, you get in deeper contact with your body which is especially for depressive people often quite tricky in normal life and theretofore beneficial to learn and experience. 
  • social activity - your newly discovered hobby - sport can develop soon in something more than just individually kept recreation. Becoming a member of sport club, participation in a competition, finding a group of people which are engaged in the same sport or simply starting just doing team sport often lead to socialization which is another great source of depression release (read our another post: Get among people if you want to beat the depression)

I personally like very much the idea of going regularly during the season for competitions almost every weekend. Based on my own experience, you get through the 5 working days quite easily knowing that there is soon escape from the town with neither access to your computer nor to your working desk with all duties. My favoured sport is running and therefore I go to trail running competitions. 

Next part of the series will be focusing on the finding the right motivation which is not always easy, right?:) Watch a tasting already today: This famous short video on Vimeo with accurate name "birthright". It is a story of seriously disabled man whose daily incredible ritual how to find his natural self is to surf on a see... I guarantee to you that every time I watch it I can understand more clearly not only that sport exercise in general makes sense, but also get a new motivation for getting through all my struggles. I hope you will get it too.

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