Posted by morganator on November 27, 2009, at 14:57:13
In reply to Re: I'm an exercise skeptic, posted by mtdewcmu on November 26, 2009, at 23:15:33
> > Good therapeutic exercise and manual labor are two different things.
> > Whether it gives to a significant boost in mood or not, you cannot deny the health benefits. So, why not exercise??? Unless you don't want to be healthy. The best exercise is interval training like they do in spinning classes. This type of exercise is best for your heart and lungs.
> > Exercise vigorously and properly for 30 to 40(maybe longer if you are including weight training) mins 4 to 5 days a week for 6 weeks and stretch your whole body properly for 10 to 20 mins after your workout, then come back and tell me that you think exercise has a placebo effect.
> You must not have read the part of my message where I wrote that I took up exercise during my worst depressive episode and it didn't help.
You may only respond to exercise when a medication is relieving at least 60 or 70 percent of you symptoms. I don't believe exercise alone can have a significant enough impact to wipe out depression, though it does work for some people experiencing more mild forms of depression. Also, when you are depressed you are less likely to exercise the way you would need to in order for it to have some benefit.
BTW, the best exercise for your heart and lungs is high intensity interval training. Of course you may have to exercise for a few weeks or a month before you are ready for interval training. Like I said before, spinning classes are a good example of this type of training.
There is another high intensity type training called Crossfit. This will get you in amazing shape without having to spend a lot of time at the gym.
If you do everything properly, including breathing correctly, exercise should help. There is a way to exercise vigorously or more relaxed where you breath from your diaphragm through your lungs using your mouth and nose in a meditative way. If you can do this you will benefit from exercise much more. If you take some air through your nose you are putting straight to your brain brain where it is needed. Just try it it's worth it. Sometimes I find myself in a zone where I'm just breathing through my nose. I often start off taking air through my mouth and finish off through my nose. This might sound a little ridiculous but it works for me and other people I know. You need to try to meditate in a way while you exercise, whether the exercise is intense or moderate.