How Weightlifting Can Help you Cope with Stress

destressing is importantModern times have brought many conveniences into the way that we carry out our lives, however, things can move much faster now. I know that I had often heard, when I was younger, to treasure being young because adulthood would bring many new responsibilities into my life. I thought that being a grown up wouldn’t be so much different from the life that I was used to, I was wrong on that one. It is no surprise that we all we have to do, staying busy is the norm and living a worry free life is almost non-existent. Weightlifting is not something that many connect to being stress-free but, looking closer at this hobby, things aren’t always what they seem!

Early Anger Issues Led to My First Time Pumping Iron

I remember that I would be the guy known for having a short fuse. I have had a temper problem for as long as I can remember. In all seriousness, the temper problems I had became harder to control over time. My rage would get so mad that if I was set off, I could really be fuming in anger and not know what I would do next. At first, I began using a punching bag that was at a friends house. While I really enjoyed the feeling of being able to hit a bag, I needed more to do, I wanted to have a benefit. I was never a big fan of doing something and it not bringing me something practical by doing it, a reward of sorts. As I started to figure out a hobby, something clicked in my head and I knew I wanted to try weightlifting.

Not wanting to compete, instead I wanted to lift some weights for my personal gains. I didn’t care that I couldn’t use it as a sport, or sign up for any team. The friend didn’t want to lift with me so I started the process all on my own. I would dare to say that I learned more about myself and my personal limits in that first month, than I would have doing any other hobby. During this time, I was starting a new job and still taking some college level courses, leaving me with a heavy load of work on my back. Determined to keep committed to my weightlifting, I found that I wasn’t as stressed out as I thought I would be. Shockingly, the determination and adherence to a schedule that I had picked up from lifting weights regularly had transformed itself into other aspects of my world.

You could believe that this feeling I had was just timing. It seems easy to believe that I could have just turned into a grown up one day and never realized it but it gets weirder than that. You see, in periods of my life where my workload has been at its highest, I would have no choice but to ditch the weights for a month or two. During those dark times, my mood would be bad and my fuse would be shorter than it had been in a long time. It was common for me to just be in a very cranky mood, where lashing out behind closed doors wouldn’t be uncommon. I suppose that I have always had an element of a short temper and weightlifting has been and will always be the one thing I can count on to get me through a tough day. De-stressing by pumping some iron and having an outlet for the anger and rage that can happen in our lives is a great part of being alive!

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