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When a person is suffering from depression, there are times when they just can’t make their body do anything, even if they know a little exercise would be the best thing. Paige Waehner says she has helped a lot of people find the motivation to exercise, but admits that depression is especially hard to deal with because it often involves a crushing fatigue and the feelings that you don’t care about anything. In those cases, exercise might help, but the person doesn’t want to do anything. Waehner says the best answer she has found is to recommend one movement at a time. She also says depression is not the time to set impossible goals, but to resolve to do something. She says, she asks, Can You question. Can you stand up? Can you walk across the room?, Can you open the door?. If so, she says the key is to keep taking one step at a time and not set impossible goals. She recommends something that is accessible, simple, and soothing, then go as far as possible. She says, the best way to overcome depression is a mindset of “You think You Can’t, but You Can.”— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Exercise for Depression, by Paige Waehner, http://exercise.about.com/b/2013/03/28/exercise-for-depression.htm, Accessed March 28, 2013.

Philippians 3:14 (ESV) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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