Hi exerciser BB's, Including you, [...], lol
It is hard to do it. I am so uncomfortable much of the time and walking or riding my bike is like a distraction that it makes it worth it to me to make the effort to just do it. I do feel better when I do, just being out in the sunshine. Its hard to get going, just the getting ready to do it can be too much in depression.
I read an article, probably at livestrong, but about getting motivated to exercise. It said, just walk in and put your running shoes on and walk out the door. Right now. Hair crazy, no teeth brushed, in the shirt you are wearing and go. Or, I like yoga...there is magic in yoga and its really easy to do and you don't have to leave your house, but I yoga has typically been ritualistic for me. I like to light my candles, and incense put my yoga outfit on, make a cup of tea....you get the picture. But the suggestion was to get the pillow under your bum and sit on the carpet and just do a routine that you knew and that helped so much.
Sometimes I don't feel better, sometimes after walking I am in a lot of pain, actually, but my brain almost always feel better. The stretching from yoga has always lended to a more comfortable body and brain feeling, even if I am in my pjs and just on the carpet doing the poses that I can remember that it feels like my body needs.
Recently I got a bike, and I love to ride it. I don't go too far, since I still get anxiety about having to figure something out if I get a flat or something breaks, but just riding it in my neighborhood a short distance for my easy errands is really gratifying, even on my worst days. I get giddy about it like a kid!
What you said here :
You can do things for depression but it's so chemical. It's like trying to crawl out of a jar coated with oil.
Until you get that mysterious chemical lift, it's hard.
It is mysterious. I agree that there is much merit to overcoming this debilitating depression with exercise and a good diet, compared to quick fix medications.
I google yoga for beginners, or depression, or whatever is ailing me at the time, lower back, head cold, pms....and I find easy yogas to practice. Its really a perfect exercise for withdrawal as it is soothing to the mind as well as helps stretch out the aches and pains that riddle even the most fit.
I am going to just quick post this easy and super short one, its so easy you might think it does nothing for you, but I encourage you to do it every morning for a week at your computer when you first sit down and see how you feel. Seriously it's 4 min and you do it sitting at your chair...in your pjs...or yesterdays clothes (I don't want to mention any names here...lol)4 minute neck and shoulder seated yogahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLPfP1oRJFM
Be well, BB's as well as you can be