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
Anxiety has an intensity of its own that can buzz through the body. Movement that releases energy can help with this cranked up feeling.
Joy is often a ignored or forgotten emotion. Exercise which helps connect to joy are:
- 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?