Strong Lifts 5x5

Started April 28 on Stronglifts 5x5. Old school strength training that gets results.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Mental Benefits of Physical Training

One of the biggest revelations for me during the process of the 12 week challenge was the mental and emotional benefits of working out.

I have struggled most of my adult life with my temper and patience. I wasn't a person that would go off over every little thing, but I would internalize things until my stresses would reach a boiling point and the silliest thing would set me off. More and more I found myself having less and less patience with people, and being a sales rep one thing you need when dealing with customers is patience. Especially "those" customers. The ones that on the best days just make you shake your head.

Since starting the BFL challenge in July, I have found that my "me time" at the gym has become the pressure relief valve I have needed for so long. That 45mins -1 hr of just focusing on the now. The next rep, the next interval. Nothing beyond or outside of that. That time allows the stresses of the day to just kinda melt away. I feel almost cleansed after a good workout.

I find that my temper is under control. I don't have the build up of daily stress boiling inside me. I have more patience and over all am a much calmer person.

I know a lot of people hit the gym in the morning, for me the afternoon is where it's at. It gives me that decompression time after work to release the day and be able to enjoy a relaxing evening at home.

So for those of you with busy schedules, be it work or kids or both. When it seems like there is just not enough time in the day to get to the gym, I say there is not enough time in life to not to. The calming effect and stress relief of daily exercise will make the other 23hrs of your day that much more enjoyable.

Here we go!

Saturday I started back into the routine. I'm not calling this a 12 week challenge again as I'm not going to count the days. I am looking at this as the "For Life" part of BFL. I have set some goals for myself to finish off the year and I am going to pursue them with the same single mindedness as I did the 12 week challenge.

So far its been a very good week. Felt fantastic to get back to full workouts again and really push myself at the gym and reach for those 10s. My right knee has been bothering me since the weather started to turn colder. I've had knee trouble for years now including surgery on my left knee. I'm worried it may be a little arthritis as it seemed to crop up once it started getting colder. But I slapped on my brace for my cardio and that seemed to help.

I hadn't weighed in since I got back from my weekend away. To my surprise when I weighed in this morning I was down to 211lbs. So, even with the 2 weeks of active rest and a weekend away where I ate pretty much whatever I wanted, still dropping about 2lbs a week. Its amazing what your body does when your metabolism is running well.