Fat Funky Feelings Decrease with Emotional Exercise


When feeling fat funks take over and your motivation either slithers or runs out the door, exercise of any kind gets tougher to do and emotional eating increases.

Using the funkified feeling as a flag to notice what is going on underneath the inertia can be a way to help yourself get you moving. This stress response can be decreased by naming the feeling, acknowledging the feeling and not being mad at yourself for having the feeling.

Exercise is a power tool and a dynamic process for releasing feelings. Mad, Sad, Scared and Glad are the primary feelings in little kid language.


Engage in movement to release or connect to anger which uses the muscles for temper tantrums in two year olds

  • .  Racquetball
  •   Swimming to release anger
  •    Wood chopping


Grief is an emotion that many people have difficulty articulating. Movement that allows introspection helps to connect with sadness.

  • Tai Chi
  • Nia
  • Yoga


Anxiety has an intensity of its own that can buzz through the body. Movement that releases energy can help with this cranked up feeling.

  • Running
  • Rowing
  • Spinning


Joy is often a ignored or forgotten emotion. Exercise which helps connect to joy are:

  • Zumba
  • Jump roping
  • Hula hooping

Often these are activities we have done in childhood for fun.  What emotional exercise could you add to your life this week?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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