As a personal trainer, I get many questions involving fitness and wellness. I enjoy answering them to the best of my ability. I believe this one is worth mentioning in this article because we all can relate to this circumstance from time to time.
I was counseling one of my clients who was having problems getting motivated to workout due to stress at work. She seemed to be using food as a source of relief. I simply told her that she is not using the stress of work to her advantage.
Sometimes its just hard to change your circumstances at your job, but once you get off work there are ways to alleviate stress so you don’t come back to work the next day crazy. Instead of running to your refrigerator for comfort foods get in some workout clothes and head right for the gym.
When you get there try the following…
When you are warming up, (via treadmill, elliptical, jump rope, or stretching), I want you to start visualizing a past experience that made you completely irate before working out. I’m not talking about a bad break up or something too emotionally deep. I’m talking about a person that made you really want to beat them up, but the intellectual in you kept you from doing it. It could be a horrible boss, a nagging employee or an old school mate that successfully embarrassed you and you could never return the favor. When you finish your warm up, use all that visualization and energy in your work out.
When you begin your training routine visualize and parallel all of your moments with fighting. I want you to think of every curl as a punch to the belly. Every squat is a dropkick to the mouth. Every push up is a swift knee in the booty. I guarantee your workout intensity will increase. Two things will happen as a result. You will have had a great work out and you will also have exorcised some demons. You will even start to find those past incidents funny, most important you are getting in shape and relieving stress, instead of “pigging out.”
Take it from me, the gym has been a sanctuary of stress relief for years and in my mind, there are thousands of foes lying unconscious from the whoopin’ I gave them. I challenge all of you to try this out. When you come back to work the next day the external stress may not have changed, but your ability to change how you look at it and handle it will improve dramatically.
You don*t have to be a fighter to feel like one. So lets train!
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