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Exercise: anyone want to talk about (and maybe even do) some?

(43 Posts)
TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Tue 01-Jan-13 01:02:37

On another mh thread I wrote:

Although I'm no longer depressed, I am finding it hard to get going these days, but Ok once have got going. I think I need exercise - it occurred to me today that as my AD is a seratonin re-uptake inhibitor, the more seratonin I make, the more there should be around to have its uptake inhibited, iyswim. Exercise releases seratonin QED

My problem is getting myself out of the door in the first place, even though I know it's going to help. This was much much worse when I was depressed, but now I find I'm making excuses about the weather and/or needing a new swimming costume!

Wondered if anyone else would like to talk about the effect, if any, of exercise on their mh, and maybe even offer each other mutual support in our decisions whether or not to take some!

My preferred exercise is walking alone (or swimming alone if weather awful), I am in a nice rural area, however I thought it would be nice to share the stuff I've seen with others and vice versa, should I manage to get myself out there...

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 10:18:19

I did start a general exercise thread on MN In September I think, on the sports and exercise board, though it was not to do with mental health, just general health.
Good luck with this.
There are lots of exercises to do indoors as well, if the weather is bad, or you dont want to venture out.

biffnbuster Tue 01-Jan-13 10:20:50

That's a good idea, we (my partner and me) hope to go for a walk along the river/park later. It's a proper pathway so wont be to wet or muddy after all the rain we have had. The sun is out and I thought I'd take the camera and see if I could get some pretty pictures. Like you I have trouble getting out the door but enjoy it when I'm out there.

<waves to amillion> I was on your thread. smile

Tinselly I suffer from SAD and my New Year's resolution is to get outside as much as possible.

I too love walking although I don't live near the countryside. I have several National Trust properties and a canal and river which I've never explored. I find it hard to get motivated.

I'm sending you good wishes and luck in your bid to get well. Take it one day at a time and remember there will be good and bad days. Just because you have a bad one does not mean you've failed. You need to accept that and then put it behind you ready to start again the next day.

Bumply Tue 01-Jan-13 10:29:48

I took up running in 2011 and its benefits meant I felt ok to come off ADs in 2012.

I mostly run on my own, although I do run once a week with a running club which I find good for the getting out in any weather - it's just something I don't even have to think about.

Running races can give me a huge buzz. I then have to be aware my mood can dip afterwards.

I've coped without ADs since giving up in the summer. I needed to dig out my SAD light in December as doing less running due to less running (injury/illness lack if motivation to get out and run in the dark)

Bumply Tue 01-Jan-13 10:31:29

Oh, just point out I'm no skinny fit young thing. I'm 50 and still a couple of stone overweight, although I lost 4 st in 2011.

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 10:37:02

<waves back to TheOneWithThe Hair>
I remember you.
How are you doing?

Good thanks. Hope you are ok too. Are you still exercising?

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 10:47:44

Yes I am.
Progress still slow, but it was the keeping going that was important for me personally. So the thread worked, thanks to you and others.
I am pretty sure I would have fallen by the wayside otherwise.

This is a good thread to start, op.

I'm glad about that. Progress is good. Doesn't matter how slow it is. smile

willow777 Tue 01-Jan-13 11:02:19

I do what Bumply does, although more slowly by the sound of it! I totally messed up an interview one day and just thought 'that's it, I'm doing this' adn went for a run, rather than continue beating myself up over it. I felt stronger afterwards - still annoyed with self but not in that endless way I get wiht the depression.

I've kept going because you can just do it without faff - twenty or thirty mins out there and you've exercised and are feeling better. Even on days i don't fancy it, I can handle that and I feel good that i've done it. I don't have a self image as 'a runner' because that's really not how I see it (or do it, it's more lumbering than that smile); it's a maintenance thing.

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Tue 01-Jan-13 18:35:15

Hello all.

Hangover 1 Exercise 0

amillionyears Tue 01-Jan-13 21:33:39

Start again tomorrow op.

Morning everyone. I haven't got any exercise planned for today unless you count walking round the supermarket.

What are you up to today?

amillionyears Wed 02-Jan-13 14:39:18

Too busy with lots of things today TheOneWithTheHair. Been dashing around.
Will be glad of a sit down tonight!

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Wed 02-Jan-13 16:36:52

Very slow start, then visit to dentist.

But after that, had a nice 10 min stroll along old railway line near where I used to live. Dusk, broken grey clouds overhead, beautiful evening bright horizon though. Blackbirds giving their warning cries, friendly enounter with small dog and its owner (who was on mobility scooter), and brief chat with an old neighbour. Result!

Well done op! Good going. You sound do much brighter than yesterday. It sounds like a lovely walk.

I have just been cleaning and shopping. It's been raining all day but I'm going to try to get out tomorrow afternoon with the dcs. smile

do = so

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 02-Jan-13 17:04:33

great idea pussycat - it occurred to me in a rare moment of clarity that i stopped running last April, and by May was falling apart in a big way....doctor wanted to put me on sertraline in May but i soldiered on....

i really think i need to get my running gear back on and get out for a short run, i do go riding once a week which always lifts my mood and so i force myself to go even if i feel more like hibernating....

maybe i should try to aim for a run twice a week. I was up to 10k at once time but i doubt i could do a 10 min run now...

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Wed 02-Jan-13 17:58:38

My running days, such as they were, are long gone. And long distances were never for me, though in my youth I could sprint.

I walked a lot in towns for most of my childhood, teens and twenties, to school and for pleasure (am S Londoner by birth) And I think all that walking on pavement had a slight effect on my knees. Then in my 40's comfort eating and meds helped me become overweight, which led to knee and foot problems. These have cleared up now (except for the weight), but walking is my ambulant exercise.

I did ride for a bit, but knees are probably no longer up to the job, although I do plan to go ambling about on horseback at walking pace this summer. I would love to be astride a horse again smile (Am 60 btw) I

HellesBelles396 Wed 02-Jan-13 20:17:10

Hi silvery - good plan. I should do this as I am overweight, my SAD has been horrendous this year and I promised my cousin I would so the gnr with her next year. I'm focussing on housework at the moment though. Does anyone know if that counts as exercise?

LavenderBriggs Thu 03-Jan-13 11:17:00

Hi Silvery. I'm supposed to be studying (hence opening threads on MN). Help me with my procrastination.

What do you think you could do when you get the "I can't go out for a walk now" thoughts? Could you do some prep work and draw up an activity log? Or could you write a contract for the amount of exercise you would like to take?

It's hard to say "just do 'this' and it will all work out", but if you want to exercise it will be possible to find something that will help you.

Have you been for a walk today or you planning on one at some point?

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Fri 04-Jan-13 18:26:10

I'm no good with contracts, even with myself - it feels like being told what to do!

No exercise yesterday or today - except mental exercise (accounts) which I enjoy doing but stayed up way too late doing them both nights

No exercise here either today but I'm definitely going to try tomorrow. I think it'll be easier when the dcs go back to school.

LavenderBriggs Sat 05-Jan-13 11:43:30

Why is being told what to do (even by yourself) a bad thing? Not being snippy, but I could throw lots of ideas around and you'll just become exasperated if I don't get close to what could help.

Would it help if you looked into the positive benefits of exercise? Or the best way to exercise to get the most out of it?

Let me know if anyone has been able to get out - has anyone got any exercise done?

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Sat 05-Jan-13 12:59:38

It's not a bad thing lavender, tis just the way I am, having made a study of myself for the last nearly 60 years grin

I am feeling v well, and getting on with life. The exercise is not an angst-ridden thing for me smile

LavenderBriggs Sat 05-Jan-13 14:04:09

Oh yes, angst is terribly tiring smile

Glad to hear you're feeling well.

AnnoyedAtWork Sat 05-Jan-13 14:06:41

Bikram yoga really helps with my anxiety. Running too but I find it boring!

HellesBelles396 Sat 05-Jan-13 14:16:19

Yesterday, I walked the quarter of a mile to, and then, from the shop - TWICE! (because I forgot the custard).

Not sure that counts but i'll be going back to hiking miles around the school as of Monday. Staff get free use of the school gym 4pm-5pm. I'm thinking about buying some larger gym gear to fit my recently size 18-ed self making use of it!

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Sat 05-Jan-13 14:20:15

Yes that counts grin.

I used to walk down the same railway line as previously mentioned, 10 min to shop, then back, most days and that counted even though it was usually for cigarettes

HellesBelles396 Sat 05-Jan-13 14:25:31

That's a good point silvery I definitely do less exercise since stopping smoking as it meant HAVING to leave the house at least once a day to visit my dealer the co-op!!

I've walked today too. 1.5 miles to town and the same back. We have some rare sunshine so I feel more 'up' iyswim. I feel loads better for getting out in it.

digerd Sat 05-Jan-13 16:40:21

I don't like exercise just for the sake of it, and walking hurts my legs and find laborious. But I love Dancing. We learn sequences that are repeated facing a different wall in the room, as long up to 5 minutes. The music ranges from Latin, Jazz, Waltz, Spanish style, Irish, Mexican, Show Girl Style, Pop and my favourite Rhythm and Soul/romantic music which gives me the lovely feeling of floating on a cloud or a feather floating in the breeze.
Those "feel good" chemicals and adrenalin are food for my soul.
I dance for 2 hours, but cannot bear to walk longer than 5 mins .
It is most important to use a form of exercise that makes you feel good.

I agree digerd. I've tried all sorts. I've found many that I don't like. Team sport, swimming for exercise, the gym to name a few.

I love dancing but haven't done any for years. I used to do ballet, tap, modern when I was younger thinner.

I love walking though. I once did a marathon walk and in general I feel there's so much to see when I'm walking. It also helps with the SAD.

Dh wants me to cycle with him and the dcs but I'm scared. I haven't been on a bike since I was twelve.

HellesBelles396 Sat 05-Jan-13 17:08:55

I love dancing but no longer have a partner (though there's a dance school in the village).

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Sat 05-Jan-13 19:14:51

Knees not up to much dancing, although they should be after I have walked/swum a bit as this will build up the muscle around the knee-caps.

Ugh to gyms - the ones I have been to smell vile, and have loud music on, and lots of TVs showing different bands, none of whom match up with the loud music.

I like walking in places with a bit of a view across the landscape, with peace and quiet - I find this helps me 'literally' get my life in perspective...

HellesBelles396 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:48:37

went to dance school social tonight but didn't dance sad. my friend wouldn't because she didn't know the steps and I didn't know the steps because she wouldn't get up and try it! Oh well, the walk there and back was exercise!

That's a shame for you HellesBelles. sad

I've been thinking about those of you missing the daily walk to the shop. Can you maybe not buy milk in your weekly shop and then perhaps you'd have to walk there everyday for it?

I'm looking forward to the walk to school twice a day. Dcs are back tomorrow. I always miss it but I can't seem to motivate myself to do a daily walk when they aren't in school.

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Sun 06-Jan-13 17:09:42

Does cooking Sunday lunch for my 'fairy-god-daughter', her OH, and their 3 kids count as exercise? It certainly felt like it grin

HellesBelles396 Sun 06-Jan-13 19:03:16

having cooked for and pre-cooked a fair bit of food for next weekend's scout camp, I say yes, silvery cooking is exercise!

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 07-Jan-13 12:57:43

well - i finally managed to get out for a run today - first one since last April. managed 25 minutes, feel better for it.

might feel motivated enough to try and keep it up now. it wasnt too bad.

digerd Mon 07-Jan-13 13:21:06

We don't have partners, as I do Line Dancing and it is no longer cowboy style.
Our latest is to OllyM's Trouble Maker, but we dance all different styles to all types of music. The age range is 50s-80s and we all love dancing to music.
many have arthritic problems, but it doesn't matter how you dance - we do it according to our own ability.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 08-Jan-13 08:34:51

i am up and determined to walk the dog in a bit....that will be it for today unless you include a bit of hoovering and washing up!

going to get on with it while im still remotely motivated to move.

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