I don’t remember exactly when this phrase first came to me, but I have used exercise as a psychological reset since I was a teenager.
I remember one day in particular, I was about 15 years old and in a terrible mood.
Crying, drama kind of mood. I don’t remember the reason for it, probably some boy I liked didn’t call me back or I had a fight with my mom.
What I do remember, is that I ran it out of me, literally.
I laced up my shoes, stepped outside and started running with tears streaming down my face.
This was long before the iPod, so it was just me, my thoughts and my breath.
As I racked up the miles, I could no longer play the drama out in my mind.
I had to focus on putting one foot in front of the other, driving my arms and controlling my breath.
Soon, sweat replaced the tears and concentration quieted my mind. I felt the emotion and chaos drain out of me.
I left it on the road like litter.
That day, I ran farther than I ever had and I experienced the profound shift that a flow state can induce.
I didn’t know anything about endorphins. I’d never even heard of a ‘runner’s high.’ I just knew I felt better.
I have used exercise for many things since then; to lose weight, tone up, get strong, surf better, run faster and of course to look hotter.
But the biggest reason I exercise is to feel better.
I know, no matter what’s happening, how I feel, or where I am – I am ALWAYS just one workout away from a good mood.
My clients laugh because I have a workout for every mood, but they are trained to recite my motto:
“You’re one workout away from a good mood” and 98 out of 100 times, it gets them to the gym.
Some resist at first. They don’t believe me, but it rarely takes more than one or two workouts to make them a believer.
* Of course, for best results, you should follow a program, but sometimes you need a “Plan B.”
My good mood workouts are that Plan B.
Here are just a few examples:
The When You Think You Can’t Workout
The No Sleep Workout
The PMS Workout -Seen in the Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises
The Jet Lag Workout
The Hangover Workout
The Pissed Off Workout
The Happy Workout – This looks a lot like I Want My Bikini Body Express
The I’m Sad Workout
The I’m Feeling Overwhelmed Workout
So whether you feel like it or not, go get your sweat on. You will thank me later.