Move Along

The All-American Rejects have a song titled “Move Along.” You can Google the lyrics. I find it to be an uplifting song so I installed it on iTunes.

I want to talk again about finding what gives you joy and going and doing that.

Ever since I was a young kid I have always loved music. Throughout high school I listened to WSIA, 88.9 FM the local college radio station where I had a job as a disc jockey in the 1980s.

For another person it might be baking. Or reading books. Or yoga. Or whatever gives you joy and satisfaction.

I do recommend doing a physical activity as often as you can every week. Some weeks you’ll be on and other weeks you’ll be off. Yet the goal is to have a consistent fitness routine.

And I’m not convinced a person has to compete in a triathalon or a marathon. My first original trainer told me I was right when I told him I read that individuals who compete in triathalons can develop heart ailments.

The good news then is that you don’t have to compete in a marathon to be healthy. Do whatever you can do today. Even if it’s just walking up to the market to buy food and walking home with two or three packages.

There’s a lot to be said for having “functional fitness”: the kind of health where you can lift up your grandkid or walk in and out of a subway station or move a couch with a friend to change your decor.

Yet I don’t expect a depressed person to exercise like a madwoman if they’re so depressed they can’t get out of bed. A friend took NAMI to task because on its website it claimed depressed people should exercise to feel better. That’s a crock of bull. Some people are so depressed they don’t get out of bed until three in the afternoon.

I’m going to write at HealthCentral this month about schizophrenia and depression.

I used to have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for at least five years. It went away when i started to take Omega-3 fish oil gel caps. Check with your primary care doctor if you want to add Omega-3 fish oil to your daily routine. I can’t recommend a person take fish oil. I can only tell readers what my experience has been and you can talk with your doctor about this.

One of my self-help books has become obsolete because there’s no longer a market for it. I will talk in here instead about health and fitness and nutrition.

I’ll end here by saying that really all each of us has is today. Today is the only day we have. I will return in the coming weeks to a focus on nutrition. The hidden buzz in mental health circles is now what’s called “nutritional psychiatry”: how nutrition impacts mental health.

I’ll be talking about nutritional psychiatry in the coming weeks.

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

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