For me, fitness is medicine. Especially for dealing with feelings and emotions.
Here are workouts from my life experience that have helped me deal in a healthy way.
If you’re feeling…
1). Heart Broken… go distance running.
Find a pace and “run Forrest run!” Hit cruise control on your pace once you reach 65 or 70% of your max heart rate. This repairs the heart by pumping so much blood into it.
2). Insecure or Unsure of Yourself… do sprints along with core exercises.
With the sprints, it’s all about the posture and keeping Olympic gold medal form. The sprint posture is a metaphor for independence. The core exercises will help keep your shit together.
Swimming forces you to be in your body, and find buoyancy and equilibrium. Feeling disconnected with your significant other? Swim together.
Yoga will force you to stretch, strengthen and breathe. It will quench your anxiousness, allow you to find your calm, and if you practice consistent, in 30 to 90 days you will be unstuck, which paves the way for reinvention.
5). Falling in-love…lift weights
Keep everything pumped, inflate the muscles with blood. It’s also testosterone and oxytocin producing. Yum!
6). Angry, Frustrated, Rage…high-intensity interval training combined with meditation.
The short bouts of high intensity will neuter the anger. The meditation will, over time, help curb the triggers which send you into the red zone of rage.
7). Tough Decision to Make… Batting cages or Frisbee or “around the world” basketball
Keep your hands and body moving together where you have to hit the ball, make the shot, or make a throw/catch. While you do so, keep visualizing best case scenarios.
8). Creativity Block…trampoline or jump rope
Basically you’re bouncing to loosen all your stuff, which will prime the pumps to get your creativity moving.
If you have an emotion not listed, grab my contact info on the side bar and let me know. I’ll match you with a corresponding exercise.