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"According to today's Wall Street Journal depressed people that start weightlifting or running often lose their depression."

I have believed anecdotally for years that exercise helps me personally fight depression.

About 20 years ago my work had me severely stressed and depressed. I had trouble sleeping. I had anxiety attacks in the middle of the night. I even had a self diagnosed malady that my wife and I jokingly called 'hot pillow'. I would get so stressed in the middle of the night that it felt like my pillow was on fire and I would have to get out of bed and just sweat it out.

One day I was riding to or from work, trying not to have anxious thoughts about it, feeling my heartbeat speed up and trying to control it, when I noticed about 30 kids playing full court basketball at the local park. I then remembered how, when I was a teen, I would play basketball for hours and hours, and then limp home at the end of the day, completely and totally tired and famished, and completely and totally content.

I could actually feel that content feeling just from memory alone.

I realized right then and there that I NEEDED to work exercise back into my life. I joined a pool and swam about 1/2 lap, stopped and stood up in the pool to catch my breath, and then plodded on.

Within a year I was swimmng a mile a day and sleeping again, and functioning as a 'normal' human again.

This morning, 20 (or thereabouts) years later, at the age of 49, I got up about 5:30 a.m. and did my little 7.5 mile Tuesday run. I started out a little tired and negative, reminded myself (as I often do) that the tired, negative days are often the most important exercise days of all, tried to listen to the birds and dogs and cars and get my mind and body right for another day on this earth.

Anyway, that's another part of my story and I am sticking to it. I am predisposed to believe that exercise is an essential component of my mental health.
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