Niagara Gazette — Here are some tips if you plan on using exercise as a tool to fight depression:
1. Pick exercises that you enjoy. If you hate running, skip it and do some extra lunges, step ups or use the elliptical. You want the activity to create some more positive energy versus ones that will cause frustration and discouragement.
2. Devise a reward system for accomplishing your goals. Get yourself concert tickets, a new outfit or try that new restaurant that you’ve been wanting to go to.
3. Be realistic with your other time commitments and responsibilities. Do not set yourself up for failure. Realize that while depressed you may miss a day from the gym here and there. This doesn’t mean you failed or are a failure. Remember, showing up is half the battle.
4. Add variety! Avoid doing the same exercises in the same order or taking the same classes. Not only with this prevent boredom, it will most likely prevent overuse injuries and plateaus as well.
5. Enlist a support system. Rely on friends or family members to help you.
Hire a fitness professional for 2-4 sessions in order to show you new exercises, improve your form or to give your dietary practices a complete overhaul.
Use the above tips in conjunction with your doctor’s advice.
Stay tuned for the next article that will focus on nutritional strategies to help you battle depression.Christopher R. Tybor is owner of ChrisFit Personal Training. He can be reached at www.chrisfit.net. or by calling 818-0078.