Wednesday, November 14, 2012
(I meant to post this a few days ago. This happened on Sunday while my boyfriend and I were in Ithaca.)
I know that exercise has psychological benefits - reduces stress, anxiety, all that stuff. I never really, and I mean truly, noticed it personally, and I always just simply believed that it was true. And then on Sunday night, literally out of nowhere, I became really upset, my anxiety started to take over, negative thoughts started pouring into my head, I tried my hardest to hold back tears. (Mind you, this never, and I mean NEVER, happens.) My boyfriend noticed something was up and asked me what was wrong. I told him I was just feeling weird. He said, "Go work out, I know you'll feel better." So I went down to the fitness center, ran a measly 1.32 miles, and as you can probably predict, I felt sensational. Stress gone, anxiety gone, negative thoughts gone. In literally 15 minutes my mood and attitude did a complete 180. I find it funny how it took me almost 3 years of being physically active to experience this first hand, but I'm glad that it happened because it can now serve as a reminder for how much I love to exercise.