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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.
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PURPLENURSE17 11/27/2012 9:34PM

    my husband will sometimes give me the "just go to the gym so you're not so crabby!" it makes me more crabby but when i get there, i have fuel for my fire. always leaves me feeling better/happier/more peaceful and relaxed. emoticon

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IRP1114 11/15/2012 10:28PM

    Very true. I am much more likely to have an emotional break down or get overly upset at my boys behavior during a day off! It is hard for me to take days off for this same reason but I make myself take days off and or work in some lighter workouts to make sure I keep a good balance. Glad you felt better quick!

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NOCTURNAL3 11/15/2012 3:23PM

    haha.. true that!

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ADZY86 11/15/2012 12:23PM

    Oh this is definitely true! Many times I've been sitting on my sofa feeling emotional and upset for no reason and then decided to go for a quick job and felt better! I love how that works!

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LYNNA7499 11/15/2012 11:26AM

  Thanks for sharing! I notice it too. If I don't get a workout first thing in the morning, my whole day is thrown off - making me more irritable.

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SDLEE514 11/15/2012 8:53AM

    oh yes, I'm a firm believer as well. Thanks for sharing!

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ANGDTHOMPSON 11/15/2012 8:31AM

    Definitely a mood changer! Now you'll know how to turn it around if it happens again!

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ALI_P7 11/15/2012 8:25AM

    I'm discovering this too! I used to deal with stress by eating. Recently I was really stressing about changes at work and channeled it into working out. Thanks for posting this blog about it, it's a good reminder that we exercise to feel good physically AND mentally.
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HEEEYBOOBOO 11/15/2012 7:55AM

    I've experienced something similar - it's true what they say those endorphins can do for you. Thanks for sharing your experience and what you did to overcome it! Always inspirational!

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ATLTRAINR 11/15/2012 5:09AM

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NYARAMULA 11/15/2012 2:04AM

    Exercise has always been my go-to stress reliever. I'm glad you discovered this free therapy.

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ALLIEALLIE2 11/15/2012 1:06AM

    emoticon

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CTUPTON 11/14/2012 10:09PM

    Wow! When I was like that, my husband would suggest we go for a walk!
Chris

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_JODI404 11/14/2012 10:01PM

    It really is therapy!! BEST stress reliever I know of!!

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