mental health getting in the way of your fitness

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    Sep 13, 2010 6:15 AM GMT
    do u guys find that it slows you down makes some days workout impossible?


    any other people here on meds and big on fitness if so what meds ?
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    Sep 13, 2010 8:40 AM GMT
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  • Sep 13, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    i have not. in fact, if we look back at legally blonde, exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don't just kill their husbands.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 13, 2010 12:53 PM GMT
    I think the question here could have been prefaced a little differently, but I think one's "mental focus" can play an important role in the gym and physical fitness.

    There are times at the end of a work day I'm seemingly not in the mood to go to the gym... many times I make myself go and am glad I do. Some are less
    determined and would rather go home and crash.
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    Sep 13, 2010 1:03 PM GMT
    It slows me down, but it does not stop me from going at least 5 days a week. I will admit I find it necessary for a bit of caffine, but if I miss my workouts for more than 2 days I loose my mental balance. I take Prozac, Wellbutrin, Trazadone and Clonopin (sp). I can't take any mood stabalizers anymore, the gym does that for me pretty well.
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    Sep 13, 2010 1:07 PM GMT

    Sometimes action needs to precede motivation. If I really don't feel like going to the gym, but I know there is no physical reason not to go, then I just push through it. The first 10 minutes or so might be uncomfortable but then I almost always feel much better for working out.

    If, on the other hand, I sit around and wait for the spirit to move me to go to the gym, I usually find that my lethargy will feed on itself.
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    Sep 13, 2010 1:18 PM GMT
    i find that when i'm depressed, i can sometimes force myself to work HARDER in the gym or running around the lakes than when i'm content. it gives me something to live for when the rest of the world doesn't seem all that appealing.
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    Sep 13, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    I believe they can cause some issues, but it's something you should discuss with your doctor about. Many of the medications you list have a side effects of loss motivation and this can be a issue depending whether or not what your goals are in the gym.

    Discuss it with doctors first they may be able to change your dosage. And try to go to the gym when your feeling the most motivated out of the entire day.
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    Sep 13, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    I can relate; every once in a while I just have a "off day," ie, everything just feels wrong, but I usually try to push through. Occassionally, this kind of "off day," makes me shorten my workout, other times it forces me to work harder. I have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, so it can be a balancing act at the best of times. In addition to seizure meds, I take Effexor XR (totally great anti-depression drug) and recently added Clonopin to my diet for edgieness.. Better living through modern pharmacology icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 13, 2010 6:09 PM GMT
    OCD has the ability to distract you. Just have to keep pushing harder and tell your mind to shut the fuck up!
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    Sep 13, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    yeah to the above poster that is what i do im just like its just my ocd talking

    but what meds you guys take? i took paxil at first that made me working out hard but then prozac stinmulated me and made working out easy now im on lexapro waiting for the results i still hit the gym daily tho

    i was on abilify before and it made me work out like insane u just cant sit still i kinda miss that about it
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    Sep 13, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Psychiatry is not an exact science. My OCD was stopped cold by prozac. Like an on/off switch. Then again, abilify makes me crazy. Its a tough road, but no, you can't just turn off OCD, that is why it is OCD. Behavior thearpy helps some people.
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    Sep 14, 2010 2:39 AM GMT
    i found prozac way too weak how long have u been on it? and are u still on it ?


    prozac was not doing its job so i switched to lexapro
  • EricLA

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    Sep 14, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    I find working out to be an escape, a way of working out frustration, and I get into a zone where it's almost like yoga. I'm very much in the moment and not thinking about anything else. It's a reprieve.

    That said, getting to the gym isn't always easy. It's not always something I look forward to doing. Sitting on the sofa and channel surfing is much easier. But I get up and go and a vast majority of times I'm happy I did.