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   Posted 10/19/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
question to everyone who you have the same problem.myself i run 4 times a week,weight train tree times a week.i weight train after my runs.also play football once a week when i can.i suffr mostly from the depressive part.i can go weeks feeling good runs are enjoyable and i feel the benifit pyysicaly not mentally.exercising never really helps my depression.weight training  ican do so many reps and qiute heavy weights sometimes.then i will have peroids when evevything changes my runs become less enjoyable i struggle to complete my weight traing becomes a struggle.i cannot lift the weights i was or if i can i cannot do the same number of is not to do with overtraiing because i get plenty of as if all the effort i put in running and weight training just dissapears.this has always happened to me as long as i can remeber.i have a healthy diet and get plent of all you exercise lovers do you experace the same problem.

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   Posted 10/19/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Does your doc know how much you're exercizing? It may be it's effecting your metabolizing in ways you're not anticipating.
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   Posted 10/19/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gaz,

Serafena has an excellent point. Check with your doctor. Maybe you also need a new antidepressant? Definately clue your doctor in.

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   Posted 10/20/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, maybe a new antidepressant is due, or a med adjustment. Please let us know how you are doing, thanks!
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   Posted 10/20/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I do cardio 5 days a week and I notice that when depression is setting in it's harder to get motivated and to stay motivated. It's harder to stay on my treadmill as long as usual when I'm sad just because I'm not in the mood to do anything. Sometimes I don't feel like I can get through an entire session of Tae Bo and it's only 45 minutes long.
So yes, I do notice the same thing as you. Although my workouts are never as intense as yours.
I think that comes along with depression. I usually don't feel like doing anything when I'm depressed.
Maybe during the times when you are depressed don't over do it so much. Give yourself a break.


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   Posted 10/21/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
i used to do roller derby and that seemed to actually help me. i had very little depression and felt almost normal. we had practice 2x a week. one night was na endurance night and the other was bouting. when i got injured, the depression set in really fast. i did yoga for a while but it wasnt the same.
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