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What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and regardless of what you heard on the news, it doesn't mean that everyone with PTSD has just returned from war. Though many veterans suffer from PTSD it can be caused by any traumatic event experienced by an individual. We work with veterans and civilians who desire to control their symptoms of PTSD.

The current definition, according to the DSM-V, for what constitutes PTSD includes:

  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event:

    • Having flashbacks​

    • Nightmares

    • Intense and prolonged psychological distress

  • Avoidance​

    • Due to experiencing distressing memories, thoughts, feelings, and reminders of the traumatic event.

  • Negative Thoughts & Mood​

    • Persistent and distorted sense of blame of self or others​

    • Estrangement from others

    • Diminished interest in activities

    • Inability to remember key aspects of the event

  • Arousal issues​

    • Aggressive, reckless, self-destructive behavior.​

    • Sleep disturbance.

    • Hyper-vigilance

PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety disorders are very similar and can see positive benefits in controlling and decreasing the severity of symptoms through the incorporation of physical activity. Though exercise has shown multiple benefits relating to better sleep quality, increased intrinsic effects, reduced anxiety, increase in mood, decreased stress, increased sense of well-being, increased independence, increased sense of community, decreased symptoms of depression, and many more benefits, there still is evidence that coupling exercise with therapy shows the best overall results.

Mental Health Professionals who also believe in the benefits of exercise can be found on the 4-Week Challenge page and map. 

How does exercise help?

Research has shown that the benefits of an aerobic-based exercise routine, of at least 45 minutes a day, 3 days a week at low to moderate intensity, are experienced as soon as 3.5 weeks to 4 weeks. High-intensity bouts can offer immediate benefits relating to anxiety and depression but do not have the same long-term effect as low to moderate-intensity exercise. 

Additional approaches that have showed positive benefits include mind-body approaches such as diaphragmatic breathing/resonant breathing, Tai-Chi, and Yoga; adventure training which offers more social, self acceptance, and sense of achievement benefits; and of course the therapeutic methods, as mentioned earlier, which can help challenge the thoughts and perceptions which are influencing behaviors. Sport psychology has also shown benefits by increasing intrinsic motivation through goal-setting, self-talk, routine building, and reframing negative thoughts and feelings.

There have been some studies that utilized 4-6 week follow-ups after ceasing the physical activity intervention and have found that the benefits on the symptoms can begin to decrease and a return of the symptoms can begin. This is why we hope the 4-Week Challenge is only a stepping stone for a lifelong commitment towards physical and mental health through physical activity.

Our purpose is a simple one but a necessary one. We want to help you conquer the first four weeks. We want to give you the support, accountability, and extra push to maintain your commitment and accomplish your goals. We would also like to help you continue on long past the 4-week challenge and make a life long commitment to yourself and those around you.