Picture it – you’ve just finished a hard day of classes and a shift at work. Too many classmates and customers frustrated you. You still have a blog post (paper, lab report, a couple hundred math problems – whichever) half completed and it’s due in two days. You’re pretty much ready to yell and rip your hair out.
Find yourself relating to any of that? Even a little bit? I know I relate…because that’s my life most days out of the week. Yeah, I can get pretty stressed and my patience level at the end of the day tends to be nonexistent, but thankfully, I haven’t ripped my hair out yet.
Instead, I pull it up into a pony tail and run from my problems.
I know what you’re thinking: “Ilanna…running from your problems is super ineffective and doesn’t solve, like, anything” and you would be absolutely correct. You can’t run from your problems and don’t worry, I don’t literally run from them. I technically run them away.
Remember how in my last post, I advocated doing something for yourself? Well, readers, this is mainly what I do for myself: I run. Whether I’m actually running on a track, treadmill, elliptical or ArcTrainer, I try to exercise everyday to keep my sanity intact and my mind clear.
If you rewinded to a few years ago, you’d meet the old Ilanna, who despised exercise. Cardio and I…we weren’t friends. At all. Fat Amy once said it best in the famous movie, Pitch Perfect, when she stated: “Yeah, no, don’t put me down for cardio.” I hated spending years in gym class being forced to run the mile and being constantly reminded how out of shape I was.
However, one fateful day, I decided to accompany my friend to the gym and then, that was it. I was hooked. I started going everyday because everything just felt different. Thoughts and worries stopped weighing me down so much. I had an unclouded head. I physically felt better and eventually moved from loathing the gym to loving it, making going a habit.
So I’m running (ha, get it?!) an idea by you, the strained reader: what if you, too, made it a habit? What if you put your hair up, threw on a t-shirt and started sweating the small stuff? (I’m killin’ it with the puns tonight.) By that, I mean release all the tension in your body by literally sweating through exercise. Think you’d see a difference in your life? I think you would.
You don’t just have to run, either. Run, walk, lift – do whatever you want because you’ll release endorphins. They are those chemicals released when you exercise and, according to WebMD, they trigger a positive feeling in your body. Not only will you feel better emotionally, but WebMD also lists physical benefits of exercise, like a stronger heart, more energy and lower blood pressure.
So, consider changing your relationship with exercise like I did. If you hate exercise, figure out why and work around those reasons. If you’re indifferent, just give it a shot because you have nothing to lose. By changing your relationship with exercise, you’ll also change your relationship with life, both emotionally and physically.