“You are only one workout away from a good mood”
People always ask me where I get my positive energy. I have a secret sauce. Its called exercise. Movement is my mood changer, every time. It doesn’t have to be a crazy gym workout either, even a walk around the block does a world of good for my mental state and wellbeing.
“You are only one workout away from a good mood” is my mantra and I use it as a reminder on days I’m needing a little extra oomph. I don’t remember exactly when this phrase first came to me (maybe it is simply from too much time on pinterest), but I have used exercise as a psychological reset since I was a teenager.
I remember one day in particular, I was about 15 years old and in a terrible mood.
Crying, drama kind of mood. I don’t remember the reason for it, probably some boy I liked didn’t call me back or I had a fight with my mom.
What I do remember, is that I ran it out of me, literally.
I laced up my shoes, stepped outside and started running with tears streaming down my face (At the time I was a ballerina — we are dramatic like that ;). This was before the iPod, so it was just me out there running with my thoughts and my breath.
As I racked up the steps, I could no longer play the drama out in my mind. I had to focus on putting one foot in front of the other, driving my arms and controlling my breath.
Soon, sweat replaced the tears and concentration quieted my mind. I felt the emotion and chaos drain out of me.
I left it on the road like litter.
That day, I ran farther than I ever had and I experienced the profound shift that a flow state can induce.
I didn’t know anything about endorphins. I’d never even heard of a ‘runner’s high.’ I just knew I felt better.
I have used exercise for many things since then; to meet friends, get strong, run better, to learn about myself and what I’m capable of. But the biggest reason I exercise is to feel better and to get the kind of positive energy that fuels my day with power.
I know no matter what’s happening, how I feel, or where I am — I am ALWAYS just one workout away from a good mood.
My friends laugh because I have a workout for every mood, but they too know my motto:
“You’re one workout away from a good mood” and 98 out of 100 times, it gets them to the gym too.
Some people don’t believe me, but then they try using my mood changer mantra and within a few workouts they completely trust the mind altering power of exercise! Here are just a few examples of moods you can exercise yourself out of into a happier state of being:
- The When You Think You Cant Workout
- The No Sleep Workout
- The PMS Workout
- The Jet Lag Workout. Air squats in the airport — you know how I travel!
- The Hangover Workout. Sweat is the best cure.
- The Pissed off workout
- The breakup workout. Therapy really.
- The I’m feeling overwhelmed workout
- The sad workout
- The event day workout
- The needing clarity workout
I could go on forever — but you get my point. Movement can help you feel better, think better, and BE better. There’s a workout cure for every mood, no matter what life throws at you. So whether you feel like it or not, go get your sweat on. You will thank me later.
Love and squats,
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Originally published at www.carolinejordanfitness.com on February 16, 2014.
Originally published at medium.com