As you probably know (read this to catch up), I’ve started paying someone to torture me for an hour a few times a week, also known as personal training in the gym.
The first few sessions were really tough for a few reasons, mainly because most of my muscles had forgotten what it felt like to be used which caused pain… a lot of it, during and after the workouts. When it hurts to stand up and sit down, you know either you’ve done something right, or very wrong.
I’ve gotten to the point now where I’m not groaning in pain everytime I move, so I consider that a step in the right direction. It’s still extremely tough but I’m getting my money’s worth, so I can’t complain.
It sounds so cliché but exercising really has so many benefits, both physical and mental.
The physical ones are easier to recognize obviously. I’m trying not to focus on the scale, but rather focusing on getting stronger and healthier. That’s a huge shift from before where I constantly focused on my weight and based a lot of my success/failure on the number on the scale. While the results don’t come as quickly, I’m learning how to maintain all of this long-term which is most important to me. The weights I’m lifting are getting heavier, and I’m seeing improvement in my stability which is great for a clutz like me. I’m feeling stronger and not as silly trying different exercises.
While I love the physical changes, it’s the mental ones that are even more important to me.
Being completely honest, I’ve been on an up and down emotional roller coaster lately.
This past year has been full of wonderfully high highs and not so great low lows.
I know I’m not the only one that has experienced/is experiencing this and I know on the scale of things, my low lows really aren’t that low.
I tend to dwell on the negative things and carry the stress with me. While I may be able to hide it on the outside (sometimes), inwardly I’m constantly overthinking everything.
My husband is freaking amazing at listening to my ramblings and doing whatever he can to help, but he’s only human. And wine helps, but there is only so much you can drink or at least should drink.
During the hour that I’m in the gym and working out- I’m thinking of nothing else but the workout. And every single time I leave the gym… I feel like a weight has been lifted off me. I can think more rationally, less emotionally and I just feel good. It’s a great feeling.
As a wise philosopher once stated:
Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t. – Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
That girl knew what she was talking about.
This may not be a stress reliever for everyone as we all have different things that make us tick and relax us. But it could be worth a try.
Head outside for a walk.
Spend 20 minutes doing yoga (YouTube has a ton of instructional videos). Or watch YouTube for funny videos… That’s also relaxing.
Go to the gym and try some strength building exercises.
I can guarantee you won’t regret it. But you won’t know unless you try!
How do YOU relax? Comment below and let me know!