Motivating Yourself To Exercise When Taking Antidepressants

There are many mental barriers that make ‘working out’ feel like flat out too much work. For people using antidepressants and antipsychotic medications to manage their mental health conditions, the risks of not exercising are multiplied.

The next time your mind is hard at work convincing you not to exercise, try one of these techniques to get past these mental blocks.

I’m too tired to exercise

You don’t need to exercise everyday as long as you stay active throughout the day. Set a realistic weekly goal for yourself. If you haven’t been active in a while, aim to work out twice a week instead of everyday. Use a sleeping app to develop a healthier sleeping schedule.

I have no one to impress

Getting moving and exercising should be all about your health and no one else! When you’re feeling lonely, you can talk to people who share your condition using online health communities like Revivall. Use this as a safe space to express yourself, find fitness inspiration and talk to other people who are facing similar issues as you.

I’m bored with exercise

To keep things fresh, you can invite friends or family to join you when working out. Or join a fitness challenge on Revivall—when your self-motivation is running a bit low, our cash prize and reward giveaways will give you that extra kick to get your fitness habit back on track.

It doesn’t do anything for me

As someone with bipolar disorder, the mood-related benefits of exercise are equally as—if not more—important than the potential weight loss. Depending on the type of exercise you do, you could gain weight from new muscle strength! Writing down how you feel using Revivall‘s MyHealth tracker can help you keep track of your fitness progress is impacting your mood symptoms.

I can’t get to a gym

Even without a gym, there are many bodyweight exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine. Adjusting your lifestyle to be more active can be simple. Try walking to work instead of driving your car or using public transportation. Cancel your gym membership if you’re finding it hard to get there and experiment with exercising at home or outdoors.

Starting a new fitness routine can help combat the weight-related side effects of medications commonly prescribed for bipolar disorder and depression.

Which of these techniques are you going to try? 


If you’re taking lithium, speak to a healthcare provider before starting a new workout regimen. If you notice any pain, worsening symptoms, or increasing manic episodes, pause your regimen and contact your doctor immediately.

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