Feeling blue? Try moving your body!

Do you ever just feel down in the dumps for seemingly no reason? Or for a very good reason? I get it. I have been there countless times. What always, always has helped me overcome the struggle is just getting up and moving. I’m no medical professional, so I’m not gonna get all doctor-y on you. I can only say what works best for ME.

It’s hard when you’re not feeling like doing anything, when even getting out of bed is just such an arduous task. When you’re stuck in a rut, it is so incredibly important to remember to look forward, even looking forward just a couple of hours.

Exercise can offer a huge relief when it comes to depression. The movements will cause your body to release endorphins, that interact with the sensors in your brain to reduce the perception of pain, but also trigger the “feel good” positive feelings, similar to morphine! These endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

Interesting to read about the science behind why exercise works as an anti-depressant!!

Speaking of endorphins, have you ever heard of a runner’s high? I’m not a runner, and can honestly say I’ve never had a RUNNER’S high, but I have most certainly experienced the feeling of everything being right in my world after a great hour of dance fitness or kickboxing! This is in part helped by the sense of community I have helped create, so grab a friend or family member if you don’t have access to a group to participate in. What is so important is knowing you have a support system behind you, not just in fitness, but in life. If you aren’t a member of Team Sizzle Fitness, I suggest you get signed up, as we have a community right here that has your back, specially on those down days!!

Regular exercise has been proven to:

Reduce stress
Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
Boost self-esteem
Improve sleep

Exercise also has these added health benefits:

It strengthens your heart.
It increases energy levels.
It lowers blood pressure.
It improves muscle tone and strength.
It strengthens and builds bones.
It helps reduce body fat.
It makes you look fit and healthy.

If you’re having a hard time getting up and moving, it’s ok! Start out small. Work on 15 minutes, then as you get stronger, build up the time. I know you can do this!! Stay the course, or start anew, just remember we’re all on a journey, just at different points in the road.

For more information, and to view the article I found with the info, please visit WebMD 

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