Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I think it's quite a well-known fact that exercise can help ease depression. It sounds so easy, doesn't it? Feeling down? Go outside and take a walk. Put on your favorite music and dance. Do a little gardening. You'll feel so much better.
But for me, when my world is in a downward spiral, it isn't as easy as it sounds. Exercise can ease depression, yes. But depression makes exercise become the last thing I want to do. And when it gets really bad, I just can't force myself onto the treadmill.
In the past month, I exercised 28 days out of 30. Last week, I only exercised one day. I was so unhappy with myself that 20 minutes on the treadmill didn't seem worth the effort. But then, skipping exercise become one more reason to be disappointed in myself. The downward spiral continues and feeds off itself.
So, as part of my Fresh Start, it's time to get back to exercising. As soon as I hit the publish button for this post, you'll find me on the treadmill. And in that way, I've accomplished my small success for today.