So many people only seem to associate fitness with getting a toned and sculpted body to show off on social media, and while there’s nothing wrong with doing that and being proud of what you work so hard for – it goes a lot deeper than that. If you struggle with your mental health, you’ll know how hard it is to pull yourself out of bed in the morning and put on a brave face in order to go out to work – and that’s if you’re able to do that. It’s hard, and the struggle is real. Mental illness isn’t something that’s made up – it’s real.
The problem is, so many people are used to hearing or saying the words “I’m depressed”, when they’ve merely had a bit of a bad day, that it takes the severity away. But things like depression and anxiety aren’t just ‘a bad day’, they’re a bad day every day, and you’re lucky to have a good day. They’re days where you question what the point of everything is. They’re days where you hide behind the door trying to control a panic attack. They’re days where you can’t sleep at night because there are so many thoughts in your head that won’t shut up.
Of course, if you’re experiencing something like this yourself, then it’s essential that you go and speak to your doctor so that you can get the help you need. But once you’ve done that, you can explore other areas that can help. Like fitness. Here’s how it works.
It takes you outside.
The last thing you probably want to do when you’re feeling low, is to go outside. And yet it’s so good for you; the fresh air, the change of scenery, and the pure source of vitamin D from the sun. So get on your bike and go for a cycle. Not only are you burning calories while you do it, but you’re giving your body and mind a break from the confinement of your home. Just make sure that you’re safe with a helmet and padding, and insure yourself with Velosure just to be on the safe side.
It gives you a distraction.
Overthinking is one of the worst things you can do, but it is all you will seem to do because there’s nothing else, and so your mind wanders and searches for bad memories and what-ifs. Fitness distracts you from that, because you’re working your body, but having to concentrate on what you’re doing to make sure that you’re doing it correctly, and so you’re not allowing your brain to have any spare time to think about irrelevant things anymore. Essentially, the harder you work, the busier your brain becomes.
Now you have a couple of examples, try and add fitness to your lifestyle. And don’t forget – it makes your body release endorphins in your brain that make you feel amazing and even euphoric at times. – That’s even more of a reason than any to start!