Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds On Surviving Depression By Working Out

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds is one of the most vocal musicians about mental health. The singer has expressed his struggles with his fans numerous times through his social media accounts or interviews, stressing the importance of sharing. In addition to therapy and talking to his fans, Reynolds has another secret to help cope with depression, as he revealed during a recent appearance on Men’s Health YouTube channel.

“I started working out probably about a decade ago for a lot of reasons,” said Reynolds while talking about his workout routine and how he started exercising. “One for music. Imagine Dragons is a very expressive show. I’m running across the stage. I’m also trying to breathe and sing at the same time. If I’m out of shape, not going to the gym, and not keeping up with my cardio, I really suffer on stage.”

Reynolds’ second reason was his mental health, about which the musician has opened up numerous times in the past. “Also, just mental health,” noted the singer and said, “I’ve dealt with depression for many years, and at a young age, I had a therapist recommend to exercise every day. It’s been life-changing for me.”

“I also have two autoimmune diseases; ankylosing spondylitis and ulcerative colitis,” mentioned Reynolds. “I was diagnosed in my early twenties. Especially having ankylosing spondylitis; basically, my bones can fuse, and this happens because my body attacks my joints. I have a lot of pain in my hips, and the best way to protect myself from that is to eat really clean and healthily. I do a standard anti-inflammatory diet and then also strengthen all my hinge movements.”

Dan Reynolds first revealed he had been suffering from ankylosing spondylitis in 2015 during the band’s Smoke + Mirrors tour. The Imagine Dragons frontman has also been dealing with ulcerative colitis since age 21. The musician has been working on his body to contribute to his health since both diseases cause joint pain.

In addition to his health issues, Dan Reynolds has suffered from depression and anxiety since childhood. Reynolds has always advised his fans that everybody in need should seek help and see a therapist to solve their mental health problems.