How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?
Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?
I didn’t conduct any formal poll, but I’m willing to bet more of you raised your hands for the first question than the second.
(After all, according to the CDC as of 2010, the percent of Americans 20 years old and older who are overweight, including obese, is 69.2%.)
Basically, more than half of American adults are overweight or outright obese.
Exercise is about more than just getting into those skinny jeans.
Actually, even though our country’s obesity rate is mind blowing, EXERCISE IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN JUST LOSING WEIGHT.
Getting physical works wonders for your mental health, and here are five reasons you might consider creating a workout regime for your mental health.
Yay, Captain Obvious!
Still, I couldn’t create this list without including the fact that exercise helps alleviate symptoms like those associated with depression and anxiety.
I’m sure you already know this, BUT if you want to read the science behind it, check out Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) and Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety (National Institute of Health).
Well, it’s that time of year again. They turkey’s barely settled and we’re gearing up to spew money all over the place.
Before you head out the door tomorrow, take note of these seven ways you can survive the crowds with your mind and body intact and still take advantage of those Black Friday deals!
(DISCLAIMER: Some of you won’t relate to this post. You shop online, or don’t fall prey to commercialized holidays, or don’t celebrate at all. I applaud you. This post is for those, like myself–sometimes unfortunately–who do.)
I’ve been feeling a lot of stress lately. I mean, a lot.
You might remember reading about my family’s recent health crisis, aaaaaaaaaaaaand how I’ve been treating myself like crap lately.
I admit, I’m still doing some stress eating and I haven’t started running again (which would be awesome, if only I weren’t in a hospital so many hours a day).
However, I have started practicing yoga again. Sort of.
You see, depending on the poses and sequences, you can practice yoga just about anywhere–including a hospital room, hallway, parking lot…
As some of you might know, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites recently.
I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit it, but my physical health has gone to crap since we found out.
(Mildly, because, honestly, my mind has been elsewhere and I don’t actually feel guilty for that.)
I haven’t hit the track, I haven’t practiced yoga (much less gone to a yoga class)–I haven’t even worked out at home. I’ve eaten any ol’ thing I could get my hands on (some of it just because there was no time or other options; some of it because I was stress eating) and to be frank, I can’t remember the last time I had a full glass of water.
The point is, I’m falling apart physically–during a time when it’s especially important to hold it together–and it’s causing me to fall apart mentally.
So, during a regular appointment earlier this week, my doctor confirmed what I’ve suspected for the past couple of months: My hormones are completely out of whack.
Ever dealt with a hormonal imbalance? It’s pretty stressful. Not only can it cause weight problems and wreak havoc on your skin , but a hormonal imbalance sometimes brings mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, and disorientation.
Do I have any American readers today, or is everyone still lolling about in a tryptophan haze?
Actually, I’m sort of hoping that’s the case; the holidays can be so stressful, so if you’re relaxing today (and not out fighting the Black Friday crowds – *shudder*), good for you.
If you’re not…well, I have a few quotes that I think might help you de-stress and relax as you wind down from the Thanksgiving festivities – however successful or stressful they might have been.
Whether you’re dieting because your weight prevents you from being physically active and healthy or you just want to become more mindful about the foods you use to nourish your body and mind, trying to eat a healthy diet can get stressful…
…and, sometimes when we get stressed, we eat more, exercise less, and, well, give up.
Which is entirely opposite of what you’re trying to achieve!
Below, I’ve listed three simple tips that can help you keep your diet simple, and therefore (I hope!) stay motivated and successful.
Feel free to chime in with your own tips in the comments, and remember: This isn’t a one-size-fits-all, prescription for diet, fitness, or weight loss as any of them relate to physical and mental health. These are merely tips, to be added or avoided as they work (or don’t) for the individual.
Happy Monday, Your Body, Your Mind readers!
Today (October 15, 2012) is Blog Action Day 2012!
(If you’re not familiar with Blog Action Day, it’s an event that “brings together bloggers from different countries, interests, and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.” You can learn more at www.blogactionday.org, as well as keep up with the Blog Action Day 2012 live coverage feed.)
Because this year’s Blog Action Day theme is “Power of We,” I thought Your Body, Your Mind had to get involved.
After all, when it comes to eating well, exercising, and all those other outside factors that help our insides, it’s easier when you have some help!
So, for Blog Action Day 2012, I decided to talk about how the Power of We applies to adopting a healthier lifestyle; namely, how getting other people involved helps!
The best fitness advice I’ve received was: Only do what you can imagine yourself doing every day from now on.
Keep this is mind and you’ll look at all your future diet and exercise plans in an entirely different light.
Because every plan you make from now on will be based on lifestyle changes rather than losing 10 pounds in a week.
Lifestyle changes bring and maintain real results; crash diets and extreme exercise plans might help you drop a few pounds by Saturday, but if it’s not something you can keep up, you’ll be right back in the same situation by next week.
Plus, chances are you’ll feel like you “failed” at reaching or maintaining whatever goal you set for yourself – a feeling that is damaging to your psyche and future success at reaching healthy goals.
So, every time I think about adding to – or taking away from – my current fitness regimen, I ask myself whether it’s something I think I can keep up. If so, great. If not, is it something that will benefit me only temporarily and am I okay with that?
What’s the best fitness advice you’ve ever received?