Mental Health and the benefits of Fitness
Mental Health is an awful hidden condition which effects a huge percentage of people in varying degrees. Sadly many people suffer in silence and do not get the support they really need.
No one can or should be judged if they say they are suffering with depression/PTSD etc because we truly do not know the underlying cause or intensity of their condition.
Exercise benefited me when I was mentally at my lowest, daily training helped me climb out of the hole, gain my confidence and subsequently become a Fitness Instructor again. It wasn’t an easy journey especially at the start but now looking back it was certainly worthwhile.
But anyone who has suffered with depression knows its extremely hard to get motivated so it seems like an endless battle and extremely hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The hardest step is always the first one, but if you are able to find a Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor who has been in the same boat as yourself, you know you will be training with someone who understands and is able to provide the correct level of empathy and support along with coaching you towards your fitness goals.
Of course some day’s mentally you will feel better than others, but its how you and the trainer manage the dips especially in the early days of training. The trainer has to be there but not over bearing and you need to know you have the support.
The advantage nowadays is technology and the ability to train online or if you are adverse to technology get a Personal Trainer to attend a location to which you feel at ease.
If you are able to trust and build a bond with the Instructor, you will eventually climb out of the hole and hopefully have the resources to avoid falling back in whenever you dip.
How can exercise help depression and anxiety?
Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:
- Releasing feel-good endorphin’s natural chemicals in the brain that can enhance your sense of well-being
- Distraction from worries enables you to get away from and hopefully break the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety
- Sense of achievement working with the Fitness Instructor your health and fitness would improve providing a better quality of life
- Positive people in many cases being around positive people helps build motivation.
- Gain confidence. Achieving exercise goals/challenges can boost self-confidence. Body toning/conditioning can also make you feel better about your appearance.
- Meet others. Exercise gives you the chance to meet other people.
- Exercise is the healthy way to cope. Exercise is a healthy and positive way manage depression.
- **Unfortunately some Dr’s are quick to prescribe medication rather than advise of a fitness programme. Please leave medication as a last resort**
Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
A healthy Mind in a Healthy Body