My mind, my body, my cure

First posted on Wordpress 15 October, 2015 by Gillian

I went to the gym last night. I went to a weight lifting class, it’s called ‘Bodypump.’I heaved heavy weights around (alright, not that heavy), held them above my head attached to metal bars. I leapfrogged up and down with a 10lb disk in my hands and then to top it all, I took dumbbells and pushed them up and down too, while lying on my back.

I am not alone

I’m not alone, there were plenty of others there too, mostly women, of all different ages and maybe the odd bloke. I look forward in particular to that class every week. In fact I look forward to any class where I mess about with weights for an hour while somebody shouts instructions from the front of the room.

A place to forget

If you’re not into fitness or weights, then perhaps you don’t see the appeal, but for me it’s not just an opportunity to get a six pack (that’s unlikely), it’s a chance to forget work, to forget feeling anxious and to forget, just once, about my finances, my business, or just life in general.

I’m a worrier, an anxious person who has to find an outlet to get rid of the out-of-control feelings that can sometimes take over. It’s an escape route from inside my own head.

Lifting weights can have a positive impact on your mind as well as your body

Clear your mind, work your body

At the gym I can get away from it all, and there’s not much that gets in the way of those weekly visits. You can tell the difference if I haven’t been to the gym for a while, I become morose and anxious. I find it really helps keep my mood up and I feel everything is more bearable once I’ve been. I know it works for others in this way, there’s evidence to prove that physical exercise is great for your mind too as well as your body.

Ruminate or rejuvenate

It’s 3 or maybe 4 hours of pain a week and it’s worth it. I’ll get 2 or 3 days of buoyant mood off one week of 3 individual sessions. It’s worth the time and effort to just get that. Without it I become anxious, depressed, I ruminate about unpleasant future events and I spend my time borrowing deep into myself.

Healthy mind, healthy body

Everyone has a place to escape, the wine bar, the pub, the cinema, or to go for a long walk in the country, for me it’s the gym and there’s no feeling like it. I get a healthy mind and body and for that I’m eternally grateful. It’s the difference between feeling great and feeling truly awful.

If you don’t believe me, read up on the link between resistance (weight) training and anxiety/depression

1/ http://blogs.psychcentral.com/life-goals/2014/07/treat-depression-naturally-with-strength-training/

2/ ‘…the results would indicate that cross training can be effective for those who choose to exercise for mental health benefits.’http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/36/2/105.full

3/http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/strength-and-flexibility/Pages/strength-flexibility-training.aspx