“Exercise To Feel Good, Not To Avoid Feeling Guilty”

This conversation has come up a lot lately. Here’s how I see it.

You know what blows my mind?

It’s how many people I talk to every day who, when I ask “why do you train so much”, “I feel guilty if I don’t.”

I dig a little deeper and ask “why do you feel guilty?”

“I don’t know, I just feel like I’m supposed to be training and if I’m not, I’m going to fall out of shape and I’m going to lose my fitness.”

People tell me this almost every day. If you are reading this, nodding your head saying to yourself “I feel this way, this is me”, raise your hand!

Grinding yourself into the ground isn’t a badge of courage, it’s stupid and counterproductive.

When you get your blood flowing and your body moving, you release endorphins which combat stress. Upon exercising, neurotransmitters like serotonin or norepinephrine help teach your body how to better respond to stressors. So, higher levels of those chemicals during exercise naturally make you feel good. #FeelGood

Written by: Cory Buerck