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

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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?

SophieLeGiraffe Fri 19-Jul-13 19:07:21

I'm in! I'm Shredding after I've got DS to bed. And we're going running in the morning.

Enjoy your run!

I personally find that exercising is one of the most useful tools I have to combat depression - definitely worth a shot.

Have you exercised (run) before? The only real mistake you can make is setting yourself goals that are impossible to achieve, because when you don't reach them your self-worth will take a big knock. Take it slowly, plan realistic goals (start with a run/walk programme first for those 30 min).

I am happy to support you...I'm going out now...I will be back later if you want to PM me.

Good Luck flowers

PS...I've just started a body weight programme and yoga...going to do it everyday...You can check up on me!

Stripedmum Fri 19-Jul-13 19:13:53

Thank you!! Woo hoo! Go Sophie my new exercise buddy!

Thank you Only. I've been doing 7k recently but not regularly enough. Perhaps two nights a week, and them when I'm slumping I'm not doing it which is when I probably need it most. Did you do meds? This is my last shot before giving them a go.

Stripedmum Fri 19-Jul-13 20:34:35

Right Night One: Run done. 5.5k.

How do I feel? Calm and good when out. Okay-ish now, still fragile but little wonder really.

Sophie and Only let me know how you both get on and report back.

Well done for the 5.5km...lovely evening for it too...what I loved most of all was watching the seasons change in the hedgerows - just peace and quiet and of course the sense of achievement.

I have had meds - sertraline, but I have also had to go through periods where I haven't been able to to take them (because of pregnancy). They helped me, so if you are offered them - do use them. The exercise will help of course too!

I used to use running as a time where I could be and please myself - totally selfish time out. I am unable to run now sadly, an overuse injury (due to the running, so you can see why I was cautious.) I still exercise, but it is now low or no impact - gym work or road cycling. It is such a mood improver when I am low and overwhelmed.

What are you planning for tomorrow?
I'm hoping for a long road cycle...we'll see!

Sophie - what is the shred like?

Stripedmum Fri 19-Jul-13 21:36:08

It was a lovely, lovely evening for it.

I have niggles at the mo which I run through Only but I do worry that dismissing them could escalate into proper problems like you describe. What would you advise?

Yes Sophie let us know!

Well, you are going to be sore the next day - knees and hips and ankles - and that is to be expected, but really the only clue I had was 'soreness' that seemed not to go away during a break like the other exercise pains would. Just take it easy and build up your distances and frequency slowly.

My issue was due to real overwork (obsessive) - my work required frequent running and I have always pushed myself just too far trying to keep up with the boys. After 17 years of abuse including running for 2-3 hours at a time, I finally hurt myself.

Do the exercise, but take rest as well...instead of trying to run everyday - alternate it with a lighter, lower impact workout - swimming, walking, a little light weight training. You will get the same mental benefits, but without compromising your physical health, and with the added benefit of challenging your body. Don't workout if your body really is too tired/sore...listen to your body.

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 09:28:23

Sophie - how did it go?

My back is hurting today but if it's still bad later I wil WALK for 30 min. I'm determined to give this a shot.

Thanks for the advice Only! So basically don't overdo it. Which is always tempting...

SophieLeGiraffe Sat 20-Jul-13 17:18:21

Hello! DS didn't go to sleep till 8.30 just as DH got home so I skipped Shred last night. Did 5k plus sit ups in the park first thing this morning. Was ace. When I stopped to do the sit ups I just sort of stopped and watched the clouds a while.

Shred is v good but so hard. After the first few days you can't move arms at all. Or sit down. Or stand up. V quick to tone arms and legs but I found I needed additional cardio to keep weight down too.

Glad to hear the running is going well.

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 17:31:22

Not sure what to do tonight...I'm walking like a blimming question mark! I could do with a bike really for times like this!

I might have a gentle jog and see what it leads to. Will report back I will NOT be going to sleep tonight without my 30 mins.

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 17:31:49

Well done on park run Sophie! I really fancy that.

mouses Sat 20-Jul-13 17:36:11

ive had depression, anxiety since i can remember back into childhood.

i used to do performing arts and make dance routines in my bedroom, then went gym 3 times a week through my 20's. then stuck with pilates but i still have it? sad

currently ive not had the motivation or energy to do anything,

really hope it successful for you, keep going x

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 18:32:36

Oh mouses sad

It's just awful. Did you ever feel boosted afterwards?

I've read somewhere that in order for it to have a therapeutic affect you need to do 30 mins cardiovascular A DAY!

I'm annoyed as I've really blimming hurt my back but in the spirit of this thread tonight I'm trying yoga for the first time! Courtesy of a pregnancy DVD. Hopefully it will be quite slow!

Hopefully I'll be back on the road tomorrow smile

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 20:15:45

Well yoga was cack. Much prefer a good work out but at least I did something for myself in spite of the bad back. I hope it rectifies soon!

How are you feeling today Sophie?

mouses Sat 20-Jul-13 21:14:16

suppose i felt good that im trying to keep fit, not really boosted tho?
yup, done more then 30mins a day, but maybe its because i was doing it for getting fit / staying trim? ive even got a stepometer that counts steps, calories, fat blah blah... try and do 10000 steps a day hmm

try pilates, its a bit more exciting then yoga (that would make me doze off!) i do windsor pilates. can get it cheap on ebay. and you dont have to leave the house <handy for me as im introvert hermit!!!>

hope your back eases up.

mouses Sat 20-Jul-13 21:17:20

apologise ...

just read it back and have totally put a downer on this thread! please ignore me.

ive read its really good for depression and all. (just not me)

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 21:29:10

Don't be daft mouses! Thanks for the Pilates tip.

I think the key actually is doing something you enjoy. For me that's running as it pushes me, challenges me and it's a time when I'm forced to focus less on my random thoughts. I also love that it's helping to keep me healthy and then probably last on the list trim!

It's more about getting out and doing something pro active to combat 'this'. Almost like I'm refusing to go down without a bloody good fight!

mouses Sat 20-Jul-13 21:44:03

ive kinda lost interest in everything sad i dont enjoy much, it all seems an effort.

your great for fighting it!

i think having it for so long im loosing the will power to fight any more.

SophieLeGiraffe Sat 20-Jul-13 22:06:06

I feel ok today thanks. Had a nice day. Out with friend this morning, DH this afternoon and I even treated myself to an afternoon nap whilst DS was at Sainsbury's and DS was sleeping.

Not sure what our plans are tomorrow but will hopefully run or Shred at least.

I hope your back gets better soon. I have a yogalates DVD which is v good, will try to get back to that too.

SophieLeGiraffe Sat 20-Jul-13 22:06:45

Mouses, sorry you feel so down.

I'm in striped! I've been trying to do 30 mins exercise Mon - Fri the last week, generally fairly low intensity but I do feel better for it even if temporarily. Trying to do it to improve mental health and lose some of the half stone I've put on this year (am only little so I really notice it)

Did 30 mins intensive yoga yesterday from a dvd which was knackering, but I did feel better for it. Took dd swimming today and swam a bit.

That's it so far.

mouses Sat 20-Jul-13 22:22:29

thanks sophie, i'll leave it here for the more positive people x

mouses please don't feel you have to go. Tell us if you've managed any pilates - its v good isn't it - I was actually prescribed a six week course after suffering from back pain when ds was little - and it sorted it completely.

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 22:36:08

Welcome colouringinqueen! Yay! Do you find that it does help boost you?

Mouses. I do know the feeling. It's horrendous. But you can't give up the fight. At least when we're fighting it's a shred of hope. Even if the whole day is a blur or varying levels of anxiety and depression that one moment where you think 'come on! I can do this' makes it worth it.

Nelson Mandela - "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got ...

Stripedmum Sat 20-Jul-13 22:37:25

back up again."

EstelleGetty Sat 20-Jul-13 22:50:47

Mind if i join, ladies? This thread's a great idea! My goal will be to do 30 mins swimming or exercise bike 5 days out of 7. And i have no excuse as i have gym membership and the gym is approx 5 minutes from my house!

I tried kettlebells last week but have done my back in so no weights for this wimp for a while!

Thanks striped Yes it does give me a boost plus a sense of achievement. But finding the motivation has only been a recent thing after six months recovering from depression. Keep reading about the shred but after feeling knackered after only the first aerobics session of my elle dvd I think I need to get my fitness levels up first!

Stripedmum Sun 21-Jul-13 08:30:21

Well! My back is feeling a lot better this morning...maybe the yoga? I'm going to get our for a good brisk walk with the pram today as we're having friends around tonight.

Welcome Estelle!

Your fitness levels will go up quickly Colouring smile

What 30 mins is everyone doing today?

Thanks striped and yoga is v good for backs. ..

Sunday is usually my day off unless a family activity planned. Visiting dh Bro so will see if any energy when we get back - poss bit of yoga. Really tired this morn - only just got up, but feeling better for lie in.

Enjoy your walk.

SophieLeGiraffe Sun 21-Jul-13 13:57:29

Morning. Mouses, please stay.

I did Shred this morning and off to park later. No chance for formal exercise now till weds though. Will report back then!

Stripedmum Sun 21-Jul-13 17:49:23

Yippee! Feeling rather smug. DH home from work early so have been out for a run. 5.5k. Yay! Mood lifted. Have felt generally well today but did have a very strange two hour dip where I thought I'd lost my mind. Very muddled, scary thinking. Does anyone else get this?

Well done striped! Glad you felt the benefit. I can have peaks and troughs in a day too. Have you any idea if anything triggered it? It's very unsettling. Did you manage to get yourself out of it or did it just fade?

Well I managed a game of croquet but I'm not sure that counts wink

Am meeting a friend and her toddler at a local wood tomorrow for a stroll. I think I will try and get there early and get a brisk 20 mins in first.

Stripedmum Mon 22-Jul-13 16:07:33

Right you lot (I daren't say ladies after a thread was started about it saying MNetters disliked it!). Who's up to what today?

Stripedmum Mon 22-Jul-13 18:08:31

5k done! Found it tough as I'm a t1 diabetic and my sugars were plummeting when I was out which makes me panic so it can feel counterproductive. But it's done!

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. ..

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

Good lass! How are you today?

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 19:06:36

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

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...

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

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!

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 18:14:49

5.5k done. Thank God.

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 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.

(((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 20:31:31

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

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 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?

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 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?

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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