Archives for Exercise
Probably most of us are familiar with “workout selfies,” but I doubt any of us have seen many that were taken to eradicate the stigma of mental health rather than, you know, show off a nice booty.
Thanks to actress and author Lena Dunham, now...
Thanks to actress and author Lena Dunham, now...
As some of you know, I started working out at a gym in January. For nearly four months (and with the exception of a few setbacks), I've diligently gone to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I’m proud of myself. I really am.
Yet, last week I wasn't really feeling it. My heart wasn't in it. My mind was elsewhere.
I was so “not feeling it” that one of my new gym buddies noticed and asked what was up.
Happy Friday, ladies!
If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red -- and it's not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!
Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.
According to the AMA:
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!
Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease -- starting TODAY -- even if you're new to the game!
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.
Earlier this week, Psych Central asked Facebook readers about their favorite workouts, and whether they felt working out benefited their mental health.
(Well, I mean, of course it does.)
The response was extremely positive (you guys are AWESOME!). People talked about yoga, aerobics, running -- even just getting in a walk around the track when times got busy.
I was like a proud momma.
One theme I noticed, though, was that some of you talked about feeling “guilty” when you “fell off the wagon.”
Listen, I’m here to tell you, sometimes you’re going to fall off the wagon.
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.
1. Alleviate Mental Illness Symptoms
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).
You might remember, I've been dealing with a lot of anger since my father's death.
I know it's part of the five stages, but that doesn't make it any easier.
What has made it easier is working it out physically.
Before you begin, understand two things:
Understand that you're angry. You might know exactly why you're angry (for example, my father's death), or you might have no clue. Whatever the case, at least recognize your anger; otherwise, you could end up causing more harm (physical and mental) than good.
We often use physical activity as a distraction. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (often, it's a GOOD thing), but if you're feeling especially angry, distraction could lead to injury. Worried about this? Consider taking a buddy or working with a personal trainer.
As you probably guessed in my Running and Life post, I used to worry a lot about what other people thought of me when I was exercising.
Once I decided I was more worried about my health than I was about what others thought of me, I hit my city's gorgeous track.
I hadn't run in years, and for the first few weeks, I was hyper aware of everyone around me and what I just knew what they were thinking.
The person driving by is laughing. The person passing me is aggravated I'm so slow. The person coming my way can't believe how red my face is. My ankles are too skinny and my ass is too fat and my belly is too jelly.
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.
Happy Wednesday, lovelies!
A couple of weeks ago I asked you to tell me your favorite workout song of 2012 for a chance to win a pair of custom tangle-free Apple earbuds from Etsy shop owner Holly Bertin of TangleFreeEarbuds.
Well, the drawing winner has been chosen and notified (congratulations, sunshinebabe!) and now I have the top 20 2012 workout songs - a great mix of rock, pop, and even country - sure to get you moving as we walk/run/dance into 2013!