Workout for Mental Health

For today’s topic I wanted to talk about exercise and how working out will help your moods and mental state.  I came across this article from the American College of Sports Medicine.  The article talks about boosting your mood through exercise.  Please have a read.

A lot of us will arrive at the gym stressed or anxious about things going on outside the gym.  The gym is a perfect place to allow the stressors of life to flow away, at least for an hour.  The one aspect of a difficult workout is that it forces you to focus on your activity and what you are doing.  This allows your brain to take a rest and allow the physical part of you to take over.  I realize that we all have stressors in our lives.  Life, in general is very busy now.  And I am sure there are days when the last thing you want to do is come into the gym.  But, it is the best thing you could do.  No matter how you feel, you should make every attempt to get in your workout.  Free your mind and strengthen your body.  You will be so glad you did and feel so much better.

In 1997, I lost my first husband to brain cancer.  For two years prior to that he fought a valiant battle through surgery, radiation and eventual recovery, only to have the cancer return.   No one goes through this battle alone, and there were so many times when the last thing I wanted to do was go workout.  But, I needed a physical release. It was vital that I maintained my own health throughout his ordeal so I would be able to take care of him.
So, I rarely missed workouts during that time.  Not all workouts were great; some were downright pathetic but at least I got in there.  It was the best thing I could have done.  That 60 minutes of workout time allowed me to rest my thoughts, workout as hard as I could that day and leave feeling re-energized and more able to handle the stressors that life throws at us.

So, the next time you are feeling that you just can’t bring yourself to workout, do it.  You will be so glad that you did.

Till next time,


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