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Right you lot - a thread to see if exercise can help us. Who's in?

(62 Posts)
Stripedmum Fri 19-Jul-13 19:04:35

I'm off out for a run. And i'm going to go out for 30 mins minimum EVERY DAY. Who is going to buddy up and check I've done it?

If there is even a chance it can get me out of this fucking weird and awful hole I've sunk into then it's worth a shot.

Anyone else?

Well done striped and brilliant you saw the benefit. I have been doing exercise most days for last 3 weeks and i think it's helping. Off camping now take care

Stripedmum Fri 02-Aug-13 23:00:27

Well another 5k after a pretty much disaster day in terms of anxiety/depression and my God it really did boost me. I have much clearer thinking patterns as a result tonight - and feel 'normal' which is a real luxury. A stark contrast to today.

Has any of you lovely lot tried this on a long term basis - I.e. 30 mins, every night for three months? I've read that this is what it takes to really make a difference when you're trying to use exercise as a treatment as effective as ADs.

As I've been really poorly I'm giving it a week before I try the ADs...

discolatte Thu 01-Aug-13 19:54:33

Getting out to a class once a week is a boost not just for the exercise but for the change of environment and interacting with others. Even a tiny bit at beginning and end. Yoga especially is more therapeutic when taught in person because they guide you through it kindly (if it's a gentle class, not high impact) and do deep relax at end, helps sleep.

Well done striped! You're right about it being positive that you are managing to run despite not being in a good place today. Try and be kind to yourself.

Yes I've been on fluoxetine 40mg and trazodone since Feb and they have definately helped. Also paying for counselling and do believe there's a seasonal thing going on to. But basically I burnt out in Jan after a tough 18 months.

Stripedmum Wed 31-Jul-13 20:08:04

Ha! Hiya! I've done me 5.5k tonight. I'm not in a good place but it does make me think 'if I can achieve this then I can't be totally broken if that makes sense?"

I've dug out Yoga for Dummies!! It's an old Christmas present I'd totally forgotten about and surely will be better than the pregnancy yoga DVD (my DD is four months!).

Did you try ADs Colouring? I can't remember.

Stripey where are you? Done 50 mins yoga and feel taller and calmer for it - video on you tube if you want a change from running!

30 mins yoga done! Found a good video on you tube so will definitely do that again. How about you stripey?

Yoga tomorrow morning. No excuse as kids are out! Feeling knackered though! Good luck tomorrow!

Stripedmum Mon 29-Jul-13 20:51:55

Oh dear. Our exercise thread is dying and I'm in more need than ever! Back out tomorrow. What about you gals?

I have failed to any exercise since Tuesday sad angry haven't worked out how to fit it in with kids at home... no chance tomorrow as out for the day, or Mon. So Tuesday! I will do something energetic Tuesday!

Wine sounds vvv good...

Stripedmum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:07:34

Oh dear...two days, no run, glass of wine in hand! Whoops! I need to get back on the wagon.

How is everyone else doing?

Hi striped how did you get on today?
I am struggling to fit it in with DCs now on school hols so haven't managed anything today hmm. It should be easier after next week when DH is around more... found loads of yoga videos on youtube so planning to work through some of those - will be nice to have some variety and see what I like...

Stripedmum Wed 24-Jul-13 20:31:31

Thank you. It's done. No energy to say any more tonight. X

(((Hugs))) striped. How long have you been on treatment/feeling so bad? I found 5pm bad til I realised it was a low blood sugar thing. Having a nap after lunch also helps me.

Hope you managed to get out for your run. I have failed to do much today as I ran out of time this morn and dcs broke up at lunchtime. Demobbed to do aerobics tomorrow though s this week has been less good than last exercise wise.

Stripedmum Wed 24-Jul-13 17:02:32

Another terrible day here. Just feeling very low, confused and anxious and wondering when my life is going to get any better. I'm going to get out for my run as it's a commitment I've made to myself but at the moment I am struggling to see how it's helping or if it's giving me any hope.

Hi striped sorry you're having a rubbish day. Health anxiety sounds so horrible. Have you ever had any cbt? I have a friend who had it badly for a while and I think that helped her a bit.

Good for you getting out. Hope you get on OK.

I did get out for 15 min walk to counselling and back, but not massively taxing. Also not having a good day tbh. Out socialising last night with school mums and I do not find it easy. Related nightmares all night and feeling s**t this morn. Picking up a bit now tho.

Stripedmum Tue 23-Jul-13 18:14:49

5.5k done. Thank God.

Stripedmum Tue 23-Jul-13 17:16:45

Oh I feel pretty low today. My health anxiety has flared up and I'm certain I've got some kind of throat cancer (I have a raspy voice). It's be funny if it wasn't such a big fear.

Sooo...I'm off out. I can't really be bothered but I'm trying to make it something I do EVERY day for some kind of positive foucs, focusing on things I can control rather than on what I can't (random cancers).

Will report back.

Did you get out Colouring?

Stripedmum Tue 23-Jul-13 10:19:57

Good idea! Working exercise in somehow always makes me feel better as I've done it despite being busy!

Hi only I'd be really interested in that app and any dvd recommendations - my dh bought me an intensive body yoga one recently but I found the first sequence too repetitious - 80% sun salutation, prefer a bit more variety. I have a tame Barbara Curry one which is good if you're starting out but not so much after that.

Not doing so good today so its going to be a challenge - may resort to a long walk to and from counselling session.

Morning striped

Hi OP, sorry I've been away..well done for getting some quality workouts done this weekend. You did much better than me, I failed to do any, just running around with domestics and mum's taxi service. How is your back? I find yoga really useful to stretch out in the days after a really big workout, plus you are benefiting from the strength, flexibility and balance components. If you are interested I can recommend a really go (and cheap) app which can direct you though a series a great classes.

I did get out today...I managed 30min of yoga, 40 min spinning and 30min body weight strength training. Feeling good, proud of myself and very positive.

As for the 30min of CV required to lift mood, I am going to look into the research and see what the evidence is. My personal experience makes me think the 30 min is about the minimum I would do to feel a lift in mood, but I will get a lift from any form of exercise.

Looking forward to tomorrow and hearing how everyone has done and how they are feeling...

Stripedmum Mon 22-Jul-13 19:06:36

Medium thanks. Panicky and strange but determined to crack this.

Good thanks. I am really benefitting from the sun and trying not to get too sad when I look at weather forecast changing just in time for DCs school hol angry

How about you?

Stripedmum Mon 22-Jul-13 18:44:03

Good lass! How are you today?

I did a one mile walk, good pace, then ended up doing a couple more pushing a buggy so a good session this morning. Fortunately it was in the forest. ..

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