3 ways to overcome depression during training

We've all been there. Cruising right along, then WHAM! Everything comes to a grinding halt. Depression kicks in and totally ruins your "groove". There are several types of depression, I am no master of any knowledge, but I have found 3 ways to overcome depression during training.



1. Diet

This can be the biggest factor in the make up of your chemistry. Making sure your staying away from porcessed foods, high carbohydrates and all around food that you know isnt good for you should help keep your mood elevated.

2. Exercise More

A study published in 2005 found that walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week or 60 minutes a day three times a week had a significant influence on mild to moderate depression symptoms. Walking fast for only 15 minutes a day five times a week or doing stretching exercises three times a week did not help as much. (These exercise lengths were calculated for someone who weighs about 150 pounds. If you weigh more, longer exercise times apply, while the opposite is true if you weigh less than 150 pounds.)*

3. Surround Yourself

Being around positive people has helped me bring myself out of my moods. Sometimes though, I do find myself getting angry about little things that bug me. I can feel myself slipping into that "black" area and have to go for a walk to clear my mind. Listening to uplifting music helps as well. The genre that I prefer to listen to is Praise and Worship music. My faith is my "home base" and if I find myself moving away, I know I can always return to it and feel better.

As always, consult your physician if you start having any thoughts of harming yourself. Seek help and remember, you are not alone in dealing with depression.





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