There are so many days in my life that go nothing like the way I have planned them. This often causes me to work longer or work harder to try to catch up. Sometimes this means that I don’t get enough rest or I skip the gym or I don’t do something else that is important for my well-being. This approach usually backfires – I end up more stressed and less able to accomplish what I aspire to. It seems much better to keep self-maintenance activities as a priority and be the best I can be for whatever life brings me.
How to Overcome Exercise Issues
Exercise is important for our general health and it also part of effective strategy for dealing with depression. For depression, exercise can release "feel good" endorphins, increase the blood supply to your brain and give you a feeling of self-mastery. If you get some of your exercise outdoors you can have the added benefit of getting exposure to energizing sunlight.
In our recent poll on exercise obstacles we heard that a lack of energy was the most frequent issue - cited by 31% of respondents. Nineteen percent said that "it's too hard to do anything on a regular basis" and 15% cited physical limitations. All of these reasons might be rooted in thinking distortions about exercise. For example we might think that we can’t exercise because if we expand any of the very small amount of energy we have we will be even more lethargic. Or we may imagine that there is no form of exercise that we can do that would be worthwhile at our diminished energy level.
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What is your biggest obstacle to getting regular exercise?
I don’t get enough sleep
I don’t have enough energy
I have physical limitations
It’s too hard for me to get started
It’s too hard for me to do anything on a regular basis
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