That statement isn't only true for our physical health, but for our mental health as well. It's been proven over and over again that exercise helps ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It releases good-feeling endorphins, helps distract people from their consuming worries, builds confidence, and gives them an social outlet. These benefits are amazing and all but for those who battle with depression and anxiety exercising is usually the last thing they rather do. This topic has a very special place in my heart because I face it everyday. I don't open up on this topic because I need attention. I don't. I want the people that I love to know they aren't alone. Depression and anxiety are real and they suck. It's a chemical imbalance in the brain. Our brains are an involuntary organ that we can't force to change. I grew up thinking you chose to be depressed. I thought if you had anxiety you just couldn't control yourself very well. I'm eating my words now. These demons snuck up on me and I tried to deny it for over a year. I have control over my actions and thoughts but it's really hard, I can't explain why, for me to choose positive thoughts. I can remember when that came natural to me. At times the gym has been the most uncomfortable places for me to be. I have to force myself to get up and start moving. It's not easy but having a community to stand me back up to my feet has been life changing for me. I know that's a possibility for anyone else who calls CrossFit On the Plains home and unfortunately battles with some of the same struggles that I do.
- Coach Robin