Q&A Monday: How can exercise help you with life’s curve balls?

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Since we live in an imperfect world we’re always going to have curve balls thrown at us. after all, no one is perfect and the perfect life certainly doesn’t exist – so our ability to handle emotional stress and trauma is what is really going to make a big difference in our lives.

As of late I’ve been dealing with some emotional stuff. Work has been stressful (partially my own doing for overloading my schedule on a near daily basis) and I ran into a road block in the romantic relationship department. Needless to say I’ve been frazzled and emotional and although I know eveything is going to be fine I still have to deal with the feelings that are coming up for me.

I know that in my life there are two things that always make me feel better: the ocean and physical activity. Both of which I’ve hit up in the last week or so. Unfortunately i can’t go to the ocean as much as I would like, but exercise is always an option.

Your body holds a lot of emotional stress (you yogis may recall that hips and shoulders always come up when it comes to holding on to baggae) it needs to move so you can start releasing those pent up emotions. Some would even argue that exercise is a form of meditation – it helps you release blocks, recharge and even gives you clarity when you really need it. As of late exercise is the only thing that calms my nerves and helps me release emotional tension. So much, in fact, that I started doing mixed martial arts again after a few years of hiatus (bet you all didn’t know I used to do that). After a long day at work and relationship issues theres nothing like punching or kicking a bag. Couple that with my yoga routine and ive got the perfect combination to work both the inside and the outside of my body.

And if the release of all the negative crap in your body isnt enough to convince you of exercise’s healing powers how about the fact that being fit and healthy generally makes life better? You get more energy, you deal with stress in a healthy way, and you release endorphins.

Like Elle Woods so famously said in Legally Blonde…

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.

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