Pink Ladies? LOL, not sure if you love or hate the name, but I'm very excited to announce that PatienceGoal will be facilitating a discussion thread on the topic of working out. This thread is intended to help motivate us to work out. Even if we just go for a walk for ten minutes, getting exercise is so critical to both our physical and mental health. If I don't work out, I get depressed. My family is always encouraging me to workout.
I think PatienceGoal's idea of a thread where people can encourage and motivate each other to work out on a daily basis is brilliant! By holding each other accountable and encouraging each other's progress, we can help each other incorporate exercise into our recovery program.
Exercise is part of Step 6 - Heal - and here's why:
Exercise has been linked to positive mental health in numerous studies. Physically, exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals (neurotransmitters and endorphins) that ease depression and lift our overall mood. Exercise reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression. It increases our body temperature, which has a calming effect.
Next time you’re feeling anxiety, cope in a healthy way and choose to respond by working out and getting physically active. Research on anxiety tells us that the physical and psychological benefits of exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Psychologically, exercise helps you gain confidence by challenging you to meet goals. Getting in shape makes you feel better about your appearance. Working out is a wonderful distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
By exercising, you can take your mind off your worries and give yourself time to think about how to respond to anxiety in the most productive manner. Remember, we all experience anxiety. The key is learning how to RESPOND to it. Exercise can also help anxiety and depression from coming back once you’re feeling better.
I can personally testify to the fact that working out can help you relax and feel better. I find kick-boxing to be a wonderful outlet for stress and aggression. I’m addicted to the endorphin-rush of working out. It has an enormous positive effect on my psyche.
Anyone interested in developing a kickboxing workout specifically for people recovering from abusive relationships, let me know! I think we should use our aggression to get ripped! It's amazing how healing and cathartic it feels to throw punches and kicks with a target in mind. :)
Also, open to any suggested names for this group as I won't be offended if you don't like the name "Pink Ladies" LOL
PatienceGoal can lead the charge to take suggestions and pick a name since this is her group. Thanks PG! Great idea! xoxo