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This last week was the exception to the rule. I got three days in a row. When it was the fourth day, and I suddenly found that I wasn’t going to be able to make it to the gym, I started to get all jittery and nervous. I could swear that I felt my butt growing beneath me as I sat in the chair motionless except my frantically typing hands for up to an hour at a time.
Not only was I restless and irritable and felt that something “just wasn’t right” all day, but my muscles really felt stiff. It was almost like I was having some sort of physical symptoms as well from having withdrawal from my precious gym time. I really blew off a lot of steam during those sessions, and now that my body wasn’t benefiting and perhaps because I really knew it wouldn’t, I was really feeling the psychological and physical side effects of a sort of “withdrawal”.
Friends of mine share the same outlook on working out and when they missed a couple sessions like I did after making it to the gym every day, they too felt that typical "let down" that you feel after your body becomes accustomed to the purposeful movement.
It may be hard to get going if you’ve had a few days or even weeks off, but it only takes a good couple days at the gym, in front of a workout DVD, or running outside to get totally addicted to the great feeling your body and mind get from exercise.
This is a GOOD thing. It’s a naturally built in mechanism that I’m sure was totally on purpose by nature in order to make sure we felt the benefits of being a healthy, whole and active person. It is one of the few things that is addictive in nature that is actually good for us, so we need to take full advantage of that if you ask me.
I really try to spread the word about what exercise has brought to my life personally because I feel it can bring a lot of peace and harmony to people who have a high stress lifestyle. It can help temper depression, enliven energy levels and just make you a generally more positive person.
The author of this article, Danna Norek owns Aura Sensory which makes natural skin, hair and body care products.