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Food and Exercise as Antidepressants

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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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.

Geesus Ayche.


So, You Fell Off the Wagon. Now What?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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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.


5 Mental Reasons to Get Physical in 2014

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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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).


6 Ways to Channel Anger Into Exercise

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Get Over Yourself and Go Motivate Someone!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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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.

Right? Right.


So, I’ve Been Treating My Body Like Crap. Guess How That’s Working Out?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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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.

Maybe Sunday.

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.


From Kelly Clarkson to Kenney Chesney: Your 20 Favorite Workout Songs of 2012!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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!


Survey & Drawing! What Were Your Favorite Workout Songs of 2012?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Happy Monday, readers!

It’s December! That glorious month when writers around the blogosphere revel in year-end posts!

“Top This!” “Best That!” “Favorite Blah Blah Blah!”

I love them.

Trust that I’ll try not to overdo it here at Your Body, Your Mind, but there are a few finale blog posts I’d like to explore, and one of them covers your favorite workout songs in 2012.

(Admit it: If you walk, run, lift weights, dance, or do aerobics, you’ve Googled “workout songs,” “workout music,” “running songs,” “aerobic music,” or “exercise music” at some point. I do it all the time.)

Instead of compiling a list of some of my favorite workout music this year, I thought I’d create a list of YOUR favorite tunes to sweat to.

Interested in helping me out? You could win a pair of black and gray custom tangle-free Apple earbuds by TangleFreeEarbuds / Earbuds Anonymous if you do!


Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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.


Miss the NCCAM Chat? Get Your Depression and Complementary Health Resources Here

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

If you missed the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Twitter chat last Friday, don’t worry: You don’t have to scroll through all the #nccamchat hashtags on Twitter to catch up!

The NCCAM has archived the chat so you can browse through the tweets at your leisure.


 

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