Ask any mental health professional, and they will most likely agree that exercise and social support can only help people suffering from depression (and people in general). So what better choice can you make for yourself than exercising with a friend?
As a woman diagnosed with dysthymia (a form of depression), I personally have experienced the benefits of exercising with a friend. Although I usually think of exercising as a solitary activity, I decided to try working out with a co-worker right after work ended.
I’ve been working out almost every day after work for two weeks, and I’ve noticed a major improvement in my mood and the way my body feels (and I’ve even lost weight). Of course I still have my depression, but it is much easier to cope with now that I feel healthier, feel better about myself, and have something fun to look forward to every day.
Other factors that might be contributing to how I feel is taking OxyElite Pro pills every day as well, and maintaining a healthier diet. The pills boost my energy level and get rid of my headaches I’ve noticed. I am not endorsing these pills for others, however, I have a feeling that exercise, eating a healthy diet and socializing with a friend is what’s given me the best results, not a weight loss pill.
Understandably, it might be difficult to find a friend who can work out with you consistently, but try asking around at work and among old friends to see who is willing.
I found my workout partner after overhearing her asking other co-workers to work out with her and telling her workout stories to others. I managed to approach her about the idea of exercising together, and we came up with a set workout routine.
Here is the workout routine that I am currently doing that I believe has helped me cope with my depression:
Instead of heading to a gym, my co-worker and I work out at a local high school’s track every day after work Monday through Friday. This not only saves us money but allows us to breathe fresh air instead of being stuck inside all day.
If there is a game and we are unable to use the track, we go to a nearby park.