There’s nothing like a post workout high. You know – that feeling of euphoria and pure accomplishment. After a while, it becomes a craving. Discover this and more emotional benefits of working out.
It never ceases to amaze me how much I need physical activity in my life. I crave the feeling I get after a great yoga practice, a long hike, or an hour of weight training. I always feel very calm and very content, like I just spent an hour in therapy. I think a huge part of the reason that I need my workout time is because it is one of the few times I spend in the day where I do not have to answer to, talk to, or take care of anyone or anything besides myself. I simply focus on what I am doing and let my mind go where it needs to. I can only imagine that the need for these moments will only increase as my life continues and more and more things are added to my plate.
I was reminded just how much I need this hour to myself last week when I had one of those days where literally every 5 minutes I was needed by someone for something. From 8am to 8pm I was answering someone about something, and when I left school for the day I did a quick debate about if I wanted to go to the gym or just head home. I literally got on the freeway to head home and the second I did, a switch flipped and I got right back off and headed to the gym. I had a great workout and left much more relaxed and calm than I was when I arrived. I know that if I had not gone to the gym for my hour of ‘therapy’ my night would have only been an extension of my stressful day, instead of time to take care of myself.
It can be hard to have to try to justify an hour in our day for the gym, especially when there are one hundred other things to be doing at any given moment. But it is so important to remember why you’re going to the gym. You are working out to improve not only your physical health, but your mental and emotional health as well. Therefore, you should never have to justify going to the gym and taking care of yourself to anyone – including yourself!
For me it isn’t a question of if I have time for the gym, but instead when am I going to make time for the gym.
Is your gym/yoga/running your therapy?
Do you notice a difference in your attitude on stressful days that include physical activity vs. those that don’t include it?
I (Monika) am one half of the Fit Foodies. The other half is my boyfriend, the Fatkid. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest as we try to balance clean eating and the gym with work, school and life in general.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lang.