When Life Screws With You...Quit Bitching And Exercise

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What prevents you from exercising?

  • Laziness
  • Lack of time
  • Not knowing what to do
  • Lack of money
  • Overall feelings of hopelessness
  • General disdain toward physical activity
  • All of the above
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The Opportunity to Observe and Create

Yeah I know I know. Life sucks sometimes. The boss is a jackass, the house is worth about as much as a gumball and your kids just totaled your car because they were texting and driving.

Most of us have been having it rough lately and honestly...unless Dionne and her psychic friends really do have a magic crystal ball, no one really knows when things will get better.

Life has been screwing with many of us and I don't know about you...but I can say for sure that my faith has been tested on several different occasions within the last several years.

What does this have to do with fitness? A lot actually.

As it's been well documented, we as a society have become plagued with stress and obesity related diseases. Most of us are tired, broke and scared.

Unfortunately, these feelings don't send out messages to The Universe to step in and save us. Sometimes we have to go through the tough times to become strong, resilient and conscious.

When things get tough, most of us have a tendency to become very lazy. After working longer shifts and getting paid less and less for our hard labor, it's easy to put off exercise and grab whatever is most convenient at the next drive thru.

This behavior creates a cycle of exactly what we don't want - a feeling of helplessness. Of being a victim of life's circumstances. Life screws with us and we inadvertently take it out on ourselves by being unhealthy because we're tired.

No one ever said life was fair. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. There is, however, a strategy to dealing with this and it's called exercise.

Any amount of effort you put into making yourself stronger in the physical sense feeds the same energy into your emotional and mental awareness. By getting out of your own way and exercising through tough times, you are telling yourself, your surroundings and The Universe that no matter what...you come first.

Exercise makes your muscles stronger and therefore, your shape, metabolism and ability to move around are enhanced. This in itself creates inner pride but it doesn't stop there.


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Exercise delivers oxygen to the brain which allows you to handle stress in a more productive way. People I know have always commented to me that they've done their best problem solving while in the midst of their fitness regimen.

And in addition to the brain, exercise also delivers more oxygen to the rest of the body which helps organs and tissues function at their peak levels. As a result, this creates a greater demand for the body to build more structures for additional oxygen delivery...which basically means that you are turning your body into a powerhouse of optimal function.

Exercise is a behavior that reiterates that you are ALIVE in spite of how badly life is screwing with you - and this is a form of power.

When life feels bad, it's common to not know what to do to fix it.

If there were an easy solution to life's problems then none of us would ever fall into a rut for any length of time. Life becomes difficult and often produces a feeling of helplessness.

Sometimes there really is no quick fix for whatever happens to be going wrong in our lives...but haven't you noticed that most of the time we look for something to do about it? We look for a fix of some sort.

We comb the classifieds for job issues, a counselor for relationship issues and a drink for everything else. This tells us that when feeling down we often look to take action. Exercise is an action that is also a solution.


Exercise Can be Therepeutic

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Any Form of Exercise Counts

When feeling helpless during bad times, fitness is always an action to take. It's a way of physically putting something into motion. It makes you feel like you're being proactive and being proactive makes you feel stronger.

Strength gets us out of ruts. Laziness...otherwise known as weakness...keeps us there.

Do you now see where I'm coming from? Exercising in the presence of stress is a way of giving up a victim mentality. There is always plenty of time to sit around and feel bad and sometimes we need just that.

But don't stay there too long.

Feel it, get up and get moving because when life treats you poorly, it's your responsibility to treat yourself better than life currently is.

Exercise is a way to set aside that time for you and only you. It doesn't have to be fancy or choreographed. It just has to be movement in any form you enjoy. The energy, the act itself of taking that time to strengthen and care for your body is magic.

Aside from the physiological aspects of fitness that I mentioned a few minutes ago, the pride you feel when you look good also gives life a special flavor when you're feeling down and out.

Think about it...aren't bad things even worse when you hate the way you look? I don't mean this to be superficial at all, but I am pointing out the obvious since most of us are motivated to exercise because of vanity.

We all deserve to be loved and respected regardless of appearance, but we present ourselves differently when we're in shape and this tends to manifest different outcomes in situations. When we feel good about ourselves in the physical sense it shows.

It oozes out of us and makes us more attractive for opportunities to go our way and when life has you down, hating the way you look in anything makes it even worse.

No sense in denying this. It's the absolute truth.

Things get tough for me too here and there. Sometimes, despite my best efforts, I feel like life is screwing with me. Do I feel like getting my work-out done in the middle of the day in between my jobs?

Nope.

I'd rather sit on my ass and watch Bee Gees videos. I get my work-out in anyway though (with the Bee Gees playing in the background of course) because it's my responsibility to treat myself better than my circumstances will.

When I remember to follow my own advice, as stated in this article, it makes me feel better.

I feel stronger and more empowered - as though I'm commanding a form of respect from myself because I'm doing what's best for me instead of what's easiest.

So while it may feel at times as though it's easier said than done - any form of exercise creates empowerment.

Again...when life screws with you, quit bitching and exercise. Make sense?

My New Favorite Workout Song

Why Yes, I Feel Better Already!

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Which of the following benefits do you experience from exercising?

  • Weight-loss
  • Better energy throughout the day
  • Improved focus
  • A sense of personal empowerment
  • Better fitting clothes
  • All of the above
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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is a true story! Voted up!


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FitnessProDee 4 years ago Author

Thanks Angela! I really appreciate your feedback.


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

Great Hub, Dana!

You got it exactly right...just quit bitching and do something positive. I notice this same idea works even for my 10-year-old son...getting outside and just running around with his friends improves his mood a lot.

Voted up and awesome


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FitnessProDee 4 years ago Author

Thanks Chris. I have to say that I really enjoyed writing this hub. I was inspired after a work out...lol.

I learned a while ago that we can either take on a victim's mentality or an empowered one and fitness was a key factor in the latter.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Wow! This is such a great piece of writing, you captured me with every word. I love this part the most - "Exercise in the presence of stress is your way of giving up a victim mentality. It's your way to create some of your own fate."

Voted up and sharing :)


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FitnessProDee 4 years ago Author

Thank-you MelChi! I read your hub http://melchi.hubpages.com/hub/Stress-How-to-Fight... and really liked it. I think we all have a unique and complementary perspective on how to choose healthier thoughts and behaviors.

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