How exercise helped me cope with depression


This is a post by PumpUp’s @DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page 

I’ll admit it. I had to deal with depression for years while I was struggling to lose weight. It sort of came along with gaining weight because I didn’t feel like myself anymore.

I just couldn’t think of anything positive about myself or about my life, and saw everything from a completely negative perspective. I didn’t want to go out and I no longer loved to shop for clothes like I used to. I felt so uncomfortable and didn’t want to go anywhere. Depression really can take a hold of your life and stop you from doing things you want to do because you don’t feel good enough! But you are good enough.

There is no one else in the world like you. Even if you are a twin, no other person is the same as you. Remember that! Make small goals, take each day at a time and don’t overthink it if something awful happens to you. Nothing bad lasts for too long. There is always something more positive just around the corner.

I can’t praise exercise enough for helping me cope with depression and for allowing me to feel like a more positive and happier person. I have lost 3 stone in less than a year by stopping depression from taking over my life. I do still suffer from it from time to time but I can handle it much better these days with eating right, working out and being more organized.

I like to think that I spread  positivity with my fitness page on Facebook by constantly updating the page with motivational pictures and stories.  I am absolutely over the moon with the lovely messages I am receiving from people who have lost over 2 stone and more with the help of my page!  

I have decided to start making my own fitness videos on YouTube and will definitely be getting it started in the near future.  I have so many other ideas planned for the year ahead. 2014 was the best year I’ve had in years and I plan on making 2015 even better. No matter how bad you are feeling, make a decision… If you want to make a change in your life, you are the only one to make that happen. Just do it. Spread positivity!

Here are the best things that worked for me throughout my health and wellness journey:

  • Eat wholesome, nutritious food
  • Drink at least 2 litres of water a day
  • Drink herbal tea or hot water with lemon every morning before breakfast
  • Chew your food thoroughly
  • Don’t keep bad food in your house
  • Have a treat day once a week
  • If you have anything leftover from treat day, get rid of it. You won’t be tempted to have it the next day.

All of these tips helped me to get where I am now. Give it a try!

Check out Debbie’s Motivation Page to #SpreadPositivity with her. 

Photo c/o Coffee and Coco