I received an email from a young lady who asked for advice on training despite having a heavy heart from a recent breakup with her boyfriend. I quickly responded with “don’t stop!”
When it comes to matters of the heart or emotional issues, it is no secret that exercise really does help to brighten ones mood. Does a run outside or a weight training session in the gym solve your problems or end your misery? No but it does help you effectively manage your difficulties. I am by no means different from anyone else and have fought through many tough times in my life by way of staying active and involved.
During tough times, I work hard to make the conscious decision to match the intensity of whatever is troubling me by hitting it hard with activities I really enjoy. That format has always helped me pull through rough patches in life.
I understand that it isn’t always easy to exercise when you are in a “blah” mood or just plain depressed because it is often tough to get out of bed or off the couch during tough times.
However, I am here to tell you that if you dig deep, tap into that reserve amount of strength that we all have inside, it is possible to pull yourself out for a walk, run, bike ride or trip to the gym. Once in motion and you lose yourself in the process of a great workout, that precious time spent will do wonders for helping you make sense of things, gain new perspectives or simply handle whatever you may be dealing with at the time.
My favorites during tough times or blah moods? definitely an early morning bike ride or run. An intense morning session really helps set a positive tone for the rest of my day. The simple accomplishment of getting up and getting a workout completed early in the morning is a positive little victory that provides a good supply of much-needed strength to push through the rest of the day.
No matter how bad you feel, make the effort to exercise or drag yourself to do so if you have to. Exercising with friends or loved ones is always a great idea too but make sure that you do some solo sessions to work through things on your own as well. This is because when it all comes down to it, YOU have to do the work and fight through tough times. I will take a page from the old school and say that “tough times don’t last but tough people do!”
Between you, your friends, loved ones and exercise…you’ll be just fine.