I had a moment today, at the gym, where I was on the verge of tears and I thought to myself “hey, you’ve been on the verge of tears at the gym a few too many times. Maybe you ought to get your shit together”. But an hour later, when I left to go home, I felt so much better. I felt lighter and happier, albeit sweatier and hungrier. And I thought back to the other times (embarrassing that this has happened to me more than once, I know) and I think the same was true then. So it occurs to me; is it in fact true that exercise is better at cheering you up than chocolate?
And you know, I think it is. I love chocolate as much as the next person but the way my mood turned around in such a short amount of time really surprised me. The things that had upset me are still there, but that hour of exercise has given me a better perspective, made me feel like I can deal with them. It reminded me of scene from a film that I adore: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” I have to say, I now 100% agree with Elle Woods and am going to try and hit the gym for a shot of those wonderful endorphins whenever I’m feeling down from now on!