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Do You Consider Exercise a Form of Therapy?

Exercise can do more than just benefit the body. It can also offer an emotional release as well as provide much-needed time alone. There are many times that exercise has been a time to think, self-reflect, and work through issues in my life, and 19 times out of 20, I always feel happier at the end of a workout. For me, exercise is definitely a form of therapy — it's been shown to help beat depression. What about you?

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Bridgitt14936523 Bridgitt14936523 1 year

I definitely love it, and would love to be a personal trainer/fitness instructor b/c it's helped me a lot and I look forward to it by myself or with a group, but I need pills for my anxiety and depression and sleep.

sofi-nj sofi-nj 6 years
I don't think exercise is a cure-all at all, I understand that some people legitimately need pills and medications for anxiety, depression, etc. Just in general though I actually feel the opposite, that many people view prescription medicine as the cure all, and that they just need to pop a pill and all will be fine. Over-medicating is not the answer either. But obviously there are legitimate conditions that need medication to be controlled, no question about that.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I know that exercise can help moderate depression, but it annoys me when people think that exercise is a cure all. I train 10-15 hours a week and I still need pills to keep my anxiety in check.
sofi-nj sofi-nj 6 years
Yes, exercise is definitely my therapy. The 90 minutes I am doing Bikram yoga is literally the only time in my day I can focus on just me. When I leave class I feel so much more relaxed and calm, and it also gives me a greater focus when I'm not in class. Although I don't know this for a fact, I would believe it if I heard many people who are on anti-depressants do not exercise or do not do enough physical activity. I feel it would be beneficial if a doctor could prescribe exercise to a patient rather that just throw more pills at them.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Both theraputic and relieves stress. When I'm in a funk or depressed, working out regularly can make me feel more upbeat and like I can accomplish anything. When I'm feeling stressed or overwhelmed at work, I cut out for a little during the work day and go take a yoga class (it's ten minutes away) and come back feeling refreshed and more calm about my workload.
sarasonne sarasonne 6 years
It absolutely is...consider how many people on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds do not exercise regularly.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I'm with tlsgirl - not sure if I'd call it therapy but it does relieve stress! I actually decided on which law school to attend while swimming.
fLIpiTup fLIpiTup 6 years
i took up boxing (not actually sparring, just punching bags and doing cardio) for that very reason!! it's a super intensive workout and getting to hit something till you can't move your arms totally relieves you of all stress. also the soreness afterwards makes me feel like i've accomplished something good for myself. :)
BeautifulHealth BeautifulHealth 6 years
Oh, most definitely. I just feel better overall after a good workout. That post-workout endorphin rush is pure bliss sometimes. It's part of what keeps me going back day after day! :-)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I always feel a lot better after I work out. It sets my mood for the entire day. If I don't work out, I usually feel kind of sluggish and moody and then I get crabby.
jenniferjane jenniferjane 6 years
Yesterday I was extremely emotional, to the point of being shaky and on the verge of having a panic attack. I did some strength training, very slow and controlled, with slow, controlled breathing, and afterward I felt so calm and cool. Miraculous.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I'm not sure I'd call it therapy, but it helps generally relieve stress.
Run2bfree067 Run2bfree067 6 years
even when I am lethargic, going for a 10 minute run or just going to the gym and lifting weights helps me feel better. Its the best way to get 'bad' energy out of my system =)
zabrow zabrow 6 years
stress relief, for sure.
isabelle315 isabelle315 6 years
Absolutely - when I'm running, it's pretty much the only time that my mind can relax and wander and I don't feel like I should be doing something more productive. Plus it always helps get rid of stress or anger or depression.
laellavita laellavita 6 years
If I've had a particularly bad day, pounding it out at the gym ALWAYS helps, no matter what.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Absolutely!
opentypeA opentypeA 6 years
Definitely!
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
Yes, because it gives me a mental break. It's actually the fact that I don't do much serious thinking while exercising that's therapeutic for me.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
You bet.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 6 years
Exercise really helps me feel better and I was able to get of my medication for depression when I started to run
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 6 years
I don't necessarily work issues out, but I do feel better after working out. I also feel more confident
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