Exercise Is For the Mind Too

Posted on by Ben Bruno

Wednesday night as I was going to sleep, I got a message on my phone telling me I had an e-mail. I went to my computer to check it, only to see bright lights blinking all over the screen. To make a long story short, after speaking with Dell on the phone for two hours, it was determined that my hard drive is fried. Luckily I had most of my stuf backed up, so I didn’t lose too much, but I did lose some stuff and I had to wake up at 3:30am to drive home so I could borrow my mom’s computer while I wait for my new one. I’m not so great with computers, so I hate when things malfunction because I don’t know how to fix them. In the grand scheme of things, computer problems are not the end of the world. In the big picture of my life, they don’t even make the radar screen of bad stuff, but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t pissed off. Wednesday night and Thursday morning I was not the happiest of campers, to put
it mildly.

What’s my point with all this? First, I guess I just wanted to vent and let you know that I’m having some computer issues so if I’m slow to respond to questions or miss things, you know why. Friggin computers…

More importantly though, I wanted to talk about the power of exercise as therapy, stress relief, anger management, whatever. After my computer debacle, I swung by the gym for a quick workout, which I often do when I’m in a bad mood. Exercise has a way of uplifting you (or me anyway) in a way unlike anything else. Some of my best workouts or biggest lifts have been fueled by anger, and most of the time, my anger goes away, or at least diminishes, as a result of the workout. For me, it’s a form of venting without having to bore someone else.

It’s not just anger either but sadness, confusion, apathy…really anything. I have figured a lot of things and done a whole lot of self-reflection while I’m training. At this stage of my life, I’d even go so far as to say that my workouts are as much for my mind as they are for my body.

I’m not sure if the workout itself or the mere fact that the workout allows you to take some time to yourself, but whatever the case, it works.

I have to run, but just thought I’d share.

What do you think? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.




  • Bettymarmolejo

    Totally agree. My workouts are therapy for me. I think faster and more productively, act more compassionately, and enjoy my life more when I workout.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=107171 Ben Bruno

      Well said!

  • Jward

    Me too, totally agree. There are times when work or whatever makes you think…I just can’t figure it ( whatever is bugging you ) out…and times when you think I just need to keep agonizing over it, maybe even skip a workout….I’ve always found that after a workout, I see the world ( or my issue ) clearer…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=107171 Ben Bruno

      Jim, I’m with you on that one!

  • http://twitter.com/sailzf Choy Zhen Fang

    I agree too! I find that working out allows me to transform whatever negative feelings I had before stepping into the gym into a feeling of positiveness when I step out of it and it leaves me feeling happy! I also realise that I am most productive when I feel like I want to miss a workout but stuck to the plan anyways cos I know I would be reaping the benefits later. 🙂

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=107171 Ben Bruno

      I agree with you!