Depression is associated with dark words. “I’m not good enough,” “What’s the use of trying,” “I’m boring,” “I just have no luck,” “Why me" and so on. A depressed person repeats this negative self-talk so many times until it becomes automatic, constantly replaying the same sad lyrics in his mind and believing every word.
Exercise physically and mentally empowers the self, awakening the potential to grow and move on. Should you push him.............I think you should start slowly and go with him until he is ready to go on his own.
The sunlight will energize him. A brisk walk will de-stress and cheer him up. Aim for a twenty minute walk and each time try to pick up the pace. To make it exciting walk briskly for five minutes. Then slow down and walk at a relaxed pace for two minutes. Again, pick up the pace for five minutes, and stroll for two minutes. Continue the cycle. Varying the intervals kicks up the body and his mood, keeping him interested, alert and involved in the switches. When this becomes habitual, have him pump his arms and sprint for a minute as an interval.
Buy him a new pair of sneakers..............to remind him he needs to break those puppies in.
Stick up motivating quotes all over your home, especially on the refrigerator. Play motivating music, perhaps the theme song from Rocky.
Get him outside and into the world again.
Like Nike says, just do it.