So in continuing this weekly journey of sharing with you all the things that help me survive my mental encounters, today I will give you all a little insight into my workout life. Like journaling, exercising has been something that has change the dynamics of my life. It allows me to release my creativity while also protecting my mental.

The energy released during exercise helps me to truly feel better and remain healthy. I won’t go into all of the benefits of working out in relation to health, as I have bored you all with that science previously. What I will say is that aside from all of the health benefits, working out has been a way for me to take out my frustration, calm my anxiousness and increase my quality of life. I don’t work out because I want to be healthy, I work out because being healthy is the best chance I have at defeating my mental illness.

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Consistently, I work out more often than most people in the United States.  While consistency is definitely key, when it comes to working out, progress or lack thereof can either hinder you or help you in your mental illness. I definitely recommend a workout life for anyone who is physically able to commit to one, but not without the understanding of the following things:

  1. Every day wont be a good day and today happens to be one of those not so good days. So what!!! I don’t always feel like working out, and while I have learned that those are the days that I should probably work out the most, the reality is that sometimes I don’t and well, that’s okay. You can’t beat yourself up over a bad day, and trust me there will be some bad days. Keep moving forward. Keep doing what you can and when you can’t, truly learn to be okay with that.
  2. Never push yourself farther than you can go. Know your limits and when you have reached them, don’t over do it. Soon you will find yourself reaching goals you never thought imaginable, both mentally and physically, until then, do what you can.
  3. Keep coming back, It works if you work it. While this may be familiar as a common saying used in AA or NA meetings, it’s equally true when it comes to working out. You may not feel better after one work out, but if you keep coming back you will most definitely begin to feel it working.

Many people work out too look good or because they need to or want to lose weight. Understand this, you don’t have to be trying to lose weight to work out. Working out can be done in a way that allows you to maintain weight. The reality is that we make up excuses for everything and there are always going to be excuses to not work out. Point is, don’t use them. Trust me, I understand that the struggle is definitely sometimes real, but the goal is to overcome every mental encounter. I’m rooting for you and I believe that working out is one way that you can begin to go from just surviving to thriving.

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