What Happens When I Don’t Exercise

Exercise – specifically running and lifting weights – is my natural “drug.”

Like therapy.

This week I haven’t worked out at all. Not once.

I don’t know about you, but as a mom and wife, there is always something standing in our way. We’re busy, the kids get sick so you can’t get out, your husband is busy with work, you have a friends dinner to go to, the baby is cranky… there is always something.

My kids were sick so I didn’t take them to the gym day care, and then my husband was really busy at work, and then I wasn’t feeling good and then I took an extra shift at work and then… I realized I went way too long without a good workout!

I don’t know if my husband knows how important working out is to me. I mean, I think he knows I like it and stuff, but I don’t know if he knows that I need it. Just last night he asked me why I was so grumpy and “mean” lately.  I told him it’s because I haven’t ran in a week and I’m depressed, grumpy and impatient.

Here’s a list of things that happen to me when I don’t exercise:

  • I feel “blah” 
  • I’m tired
  • I get depressed
  • My face gets chubby (this is probably a mental thing)
  • I don’t want to do nice things with my husband 
  • I wear sweat pants more than I should
  • I don’t take as good care as myself
  • I get impatient easily
  • I lose all my strength and endurance I’ve worked so hard to get!

As a mom, and well, just as a person, I need to exercise to be happy and to be a better person. A better wife and mom. It isn’t about looking a certain way or anything like that (although that’s a nice bonus of course!) but it’s about how I feel. 

It only takes an hour out of a day and boy does it make a difference in my attitude, energy, confidence, mood, patience….. I get depressed when I go a couple days without exercise. I go for a 3 mile run and it’s seriously like a magic potion. It’s amazing what kind of drug it is!

I can’t wait to get back into the habit of exercising again. This last week has been AWFUL and been such an eye opener for me about how much I really do need and LOVE running!!

I’m so excited for this week!

Do you find that exercise makes you happier, too? What does it do for your mood, health, energy, etc? hat are your plans this week for exercise? 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

7 thoughts on “What Happens When I Don’t Exercise

  1. I'm always telling my husband, “I don't love running but I HATE the way I feel when I don't.”

    It really is amazing. I can go from feeling totally crappy about everything to being a happier, better person after just a few miles.

    Here's to a better week this week (for both of us!)


  2. I TOTALLY agree with Mrs. Muffins first sentence!! Ha! I also had taken nearly a full week off and finally got out early this morning. I feel so much more refreshed and energized. In fact, I'm planning on mowing our yard and washing windows today. I hope you get your groove back!

  3. I completely agree. The second half of my pregnancy I was in so much pain (pelvis/hips) that I could not walk or even do yoga. It was horrible for my mood and mental status! I thought about it every day and planned out my post baby workouts. I feel so much better now that I've started to work out again, even if I am extremely tired from having a new born. It makes a huge difference.

  4. I am the SAME way! I NEED my exercise to help keep me sane. I'm heading to the gym for a spin class this afternoon even though baby B is sick with a respiratory infection. B will be fine at home snuggling his daddy…and it will help give me a release to face a long night of loving on him again. It's always nice to know others understand that reasoning!

  5. I totally agree with you! Exercising just helps me tackle the day with a lot more energy. Plus, it always makes me feel better when I am taking care of myself. If I am at my best, then I can give my best to my husband and kids.

  6. Definitely agree! After nine months of pregnancy, running again has saved me lately. Even being totally sleep deprived, I try to go!

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