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  • As a boy growing up it was an unwritten rule that you don't show emotions (boys don't cry). You didn't question it, you just accepted it. However, it seems as of late, and I blame Social Media for a lot of it, girls are afraid to show emotion. Arguing whether or not this is right or wrong, healthy or not is a discussion for another time. Instead, I'd like to talk about using emotion to enhance your workouts. I started working out for physical health reasons. While that is still the case, it is also for mental health (controlling/managing anxiety/stress/emotions). I'm still not one to show my emotions, however, I have learned that instead of ignoring them and writing them off to use them for fuel. Emotions can be extremely powerful, and that power can be converted to fuel. Different emotions can provide different types of fuel. How you choose to use that fuel is up to you. For instance, if you are angry, you can scream, fight, and argue or you can go for a run, lift some weights, or do some Yoga. As with anything in life the more you practice and the more you experiment, the more you learn. You can learn how to tailor your workouts appropriately to best use the emotional fuel. For instance, for me, frustration, anticipation, and anger work well with strength training. Sadness and fear work well with Yoga. Loneliness works well with running outside (more the connection to nature than the exercise). Before you can use your emotions for fuel, you first need to accept your emotions, and in order, to that, you need to accept that you're allowed to have emotions. This was difficult for me and I notice it is becoming more and more difficult for our youth. How often have you heard or even said to yourself, I shouldn't feel like this/that or question why you are feeling like this/that? Emotions can't be controlled, no matter what anyone tells you. If you feel a certain way, it's because that's how you feel at that particular moment. Yes you can take a step back and reevaluate and your perspective may change, causing your feeling/emotion to change, but you still had that original feeling. So are you controlling your emotion or did you change your emotion because of a new outlook/mindset? It's ok to feel, there's a reason why you are. You may not be ready to share said feeling with others, but it doesn't mean you can't use it to better yourself. Think of it this way, you can't control how you feel, but you can control what you do with those feelings.

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