How many people use fitness to feel better?

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    Aug 13, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    I have a muscular disorder and I am always in pain. http://projectcompassion.xanga.com/That being said, I have found that I have to go to the gym and workout just to feel better. After my workouts, I don't have a headache, my blood pressure goes back to normal(afterwards), and my attitude is significantly better!

    I just wonder how many of the RJers do this? And what are the experiences with doing a workout whenever you are feeling bad, etc??

    Thanks!! Happy Friday Everyone!


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    Aug 13, 2010 7:38 PM GMT
    Hey Doc.... I have come to find that I am loving the gym. I have a semi stressful desk job and the gym is now my outlet..., to decompress and become fit. Sorry you have to deal with the pain like you do, that would be rough. Best wishes to you.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    There IS something to be said about those endorphins....After a workout, I may not be able to conquer the world, but it helps me conquer my day.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Aug 13, 2010 9:14 PM GMT
    I'm having a pretty shitty day today so I'm hitting the gym pretty fucking hard.

    I was asked by my buddy to go grab food after work, but I need time to work out and focus on me.
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    I do exclusively. Sure a pumped up body feels and looks great, but there is a theraputic benefit to workouts.

    I had my left hip replaced several years ago, and I find leg bends and even pull ups helps to alleviate stiffness.

    Yes, even with hip replacement, you can still feel stiffness.
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    I was flagged for being borderline diabetic and I had a host of other problems which working out on a regular basis has helped remedy.
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:23 PM GMT
    If I've had a bad day, or something hasn't gone my way, I can't wait to get home, and just run until I can't run anymore. Somewhere during the run I lose sight of how petty my dissapointment is, and connect with myself on a deeper and more stable level.
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    That is my biggest motivator. I primarily want to reduce anxiety, feel less fatigue, and increase my stamina. The confidence and visual improvements are icing on the cake for me!
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    time in the gym is my therapy.


    and a helluva lot less expensive!
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    Aug 13, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    I do! Need to stress relief, endorphins and sweating to clean out my system=)
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    Aug 13, 2010 10:01 PM GMT
    I do it everyday. With all the stuff that goes on in my life - its the one place I can clear my mind and rid stress. It's not that only love fitness, but its so beneficial to the healthy lifestyle - living.
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    Aug 13, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    TKDCadet saidtime in the gym is my therapy.


    and a helluva lot less expensive!


    i agree with this wholeheartedly. but i also have to "think" with my body. as i believe that the body and mind are reflections and extensions of each other, i have found that certain problems i intellectually or emotionally experience, i cannot work through efficiently by mere contemplation alone. i need to "process" these thoughts and feelings through physical action of my body. i really have no other way to explain it.

    when i neglect working out, i find that my threshold for stress lowers considerably, and my intellectual acuity dulls to a significant degree. it makes sense based off of the paradigm from which i operate.

    i don't know if this was the response you were looking for, drtobe, but this is where i stand on it.
  • omatix

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    Aug 13, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    I absolutely work out to de-stress. Four hours a week is the difference between sanity and being a massive ball of grumpiness.

    The fact that working out makes you healthier and look better is just a bonus, in my opinion.
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    Aug 13, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    I can absolutely tell a difference in my mood when I miss a workout or two. I tend to fell more tired and more stressed and just kind of blah. I just plain feel better emotionally when I work out regularly.
  • abflexman

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    Aug 13, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    Yep, I go to the gym primarily to feel better. I suffer from Crohns Disease, and a good workout really gives me some energy. Problem is one of the side effects of my medicine is tiredness so its a battle to get there some mornings!

    Since new year i have been going at 7am before work, and the days i go i really notice a difference. Plus i am getting in better shape!
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    Aug 14, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    I blew out my shoulders 3 years ago...if I take 2 days or longer off of work they start to seize up and I can't even move them. I always need to stay active. It's good motivation!
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    Aug 14, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    No matter how my day went, a few hours in gym or a good run just brings me back to the relaxed form and makes my day much better.
    I used to get a headaches when pressure at work was high but after gym I felt so much better that I never had to any medication. It is the best therapy.
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    Aug 14, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    I always tried to go to the gym when I used to work, but I was always tired so I ended up not going. On top of that, im constantly stressed so I smoked alot.
    But its been a month since my layoff, so all I do is workout, 6 days a week! I feel so much better, I stopped smoking, and I gained mass!
    And isnt that the point, not just to look good but feel good as well?
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    Aug 14, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    DRTOBE saidI have a muscular disorder and I am always in pain. http://projectcompassion.xanga.com/That being said, I have found that I have to go to the gym and workout just to feel better. After my workouts, I don't have a headache, my blood pressure goes back to normal(afterwards), and my attitude is significantly better!

    I just wonder how many of the RJers do this? And what are the experiences with doing a workout whenever you are feeling bad, etc??

    Thanks!! Happy Friday Everyone!




    Have you ever had a spasm while at the gym?

    We actually had a patient come to one of our classes who is suffering from the same disorder. She had a spasm in the middle of class.

  • idkagudname

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    Aug 14, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    Gym is great its addicting the way it makes you feel.

    But has anyone ever tried Amega wand???

    I heard it relieves pain and it actually works.

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Amega-Zero-Point-Energy-Wand&id=3694408

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNuPMapj55U

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNuPMapj55U

    I'm going to try it one day when i feel i have the money for it
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 14, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    Absolutely. I feel just depressed and bored if I'm not pushing myself and following a strict diet. Plus looking better is a nice side benefit.
    Try a calorie restricted diet and you might even feel better.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 14, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    If I have a decent workout, I'm always on a mini high when I get done.
    It's a great feeling... an achievement each time, very positive.

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    Aug 14, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidAbsolutely. I feel just depressed and bored if I'm not pushing myself and following a strict diet. Plus looking better is a nice side benefit.
    Try a calorie restricted diet and you might even feel better.


    This. I went on vacation for a week, then came back and took a few more days off of the gym... and I've just felt generally depressed and lethargic, and ate like total crap. I feel like if I didn't regularly get exercise I would be a very depressed person. I really do believe that working out, aside from the benefit of looking good, is the way to make yourself the best person you can be mentally and spiritually... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    I think that if I didn't workout regularly I would have killed myself already. It's a way to get rid of all the stress and the shit that goes on in our lives and our daily lives! So, I guess my answer is yeah fitness is my number one remedy to feel better. It's made my life a lot better!
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    i use the gym as a way to feel better, yeah...but for other things, too, though