I will rally against this meme every single time I see it posted, because this is a hateful message that no one should be exposed to.
- Exercise is not a replacement for therapy.
This is not an “either/or” situation. Exercise is a great way of dealing with stress and can help you maintain a healthy emotional and mental environment. It’s one contributing factor to a healthy life.
However - If you need therapy or if therapy is a comfort to you, then you cannot simply insert running into your lifestyle and expect to get the same results. Lots of people need the discussion and emotional outpouring that come from working with a therapist. There’s no shame in that, nor is there any sort of glory in throwing out therapy in favor of exercise.
Comparisons like this are just so unnecessary. It’s like saying “Running, cheaper than a nail file” or “Running, cheaper than ghost busting.” What do those two things really have to do with each other?