This week, I want to touch on something that may seem blatantly obvious, but is really worth repeating. Exercise is good for you! There are countless benefits, but some of the best parts of regular exercise are the intangible rewards, such as stress relief, mental fortitude, and the overall feeling of wellness. General stress is normal, but sometimes, things seem to come crashing down all at once. And when that happens, it’s easy to let overwhelm consume us and to check out with distraction, such as TV, food, or alcohol. In more serious cases, stress can cause a sort of mental paralysis, which effectually causes us to fall off our fitness routine completely.
I get it. Sometimes curling up into the fetal position seems like a much better option than subjecting myself to a workout that involves lifting anything heavier than a pint of ice cream. But I ultimately know that I will feel so much stronger and healthier once I am actually doing a workout. Exercise for me is a way of proving to myself that I can absolutely do what I set my mind to, and it almost magically removes my mind from the haze that stress can cause. And I won’t even get into the endorphin rush that I experience after a good, hard class! Taking time that is just mine and pushing past my perceived limits, especially during more stressful periods, helps me reset my attitude, my will, and my approach to problems, big or small. And, based on my professional experience, I bet the same is true for you, too.
If at any point this week you feel that curl-up-into-the-fetal-positio