Why Exercise Doesn’t Help With Depression

You’re doing it wrong.

I’ve always struggled with exercising to help me combat depression. In fact, I was a little pissed off that it didn’t work for me. Like, what ELSE was wrong with me?

Turns out, I was exercising wrong.

I figured it out when I got my second tattoo. It hurt. A lot.

Which was weird because my first tattoo felt kind of good, actually. I was deep in depression and went to get an inspirational quote down my flank, which is some sensitive skin. But it didn’t hurt at all.

Fast forward a few years and I’m lying on my stomach getting my upper back tattooed and trying to remember to keep breathing, it hurt so much. What was different? I wasn’t in a depressive episode.

I have a theory that depression literally numbs your body. It might explain people who cut themselves to feel something.

So why doesn’t exercise work when you are depressed? Because you’re doing the wrong kind of exercise.

You need go-all-out, can’t-breathe, sweat-dripping, hardcore exercise. Taking a stroll isn’t going to cut through your numbness.

Put in an Insanity or P90X video, lift weights, go boxing, hit baseballs, dance to your favorite song until you can’t breathe (try Zumba!)

Don’t jog your way to mental health. RUN.

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