So why was I suddenly a Debbie downer? It was so obvious! I haven't been running consistently. I'd get a run in on the weekend here and there, but generally wasn't making a consistent effort to get out there and it was starting to take it's toll, not only on my pant size, but on my emotional well-being.
I know better! I love to work out. I love to run. I'd just got caught in a rut.
Then one day last week as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I noticed that one of my very best friends (that I don't see nearly enough) checked-in at the LA Fitness near my home at 5:30am. I didn't even know she was a member there, or that she was hitting my gym at five o'clock in the morning. That was all that I needed. I immediately signed up for a membership online (to avoid those awful salesman) and decided to meet her there the very next day. We weren't even going to work out together, as we have different goals and workout plans, but just merely knowing that there was someone looking for me in the morning was enough to get me going again.
It has only been a week since I have been back on my 5am gym routine and I am amazed at the difference in my overall emotional well-being. My job is no less stressful than it was a week ago. Nothing has changed except for one hour long morning sweat sessions and suddenly things are looking up. I don't have that doom and gloom attitude that hovered over me a mere week ago. I feel happier.
I'm not talking about that "runner's high" that you feel after a great hard run, I get that too, but a general all around mood enhancement that stays with me all day. I know the physical benefits of regular exercise, but I think sometimes I forget about the psychological effects. I always knew exercise made me feel good when I do it, but I guess I forgot how bad I could feel when I don't.
It is amazing to me what a difference a little exercise can make in such a short period of time.
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