Feeling Angry? Work it out!

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Do you know that you have a built-in mechanism to take care of those every-day (or not so every-day) frustrations? Yes! God, in His awesome mercy and design created our bodies to move and for specific chemicals to be released after we do so which can help us manage those frustrations and anger. 

When we struggle with anger, sometimes we need to sweat it out! Here are some great moves for a workout that will encourage and equip your mind, heart and body.


Cue a well-timed workout! Now before you think this workout has to be 60 minutes and extensive, it's far from that! Sometimes all I need is to sweat and get the heart rate up a bit for 5-10 minutes and I automatically feel better! Here are 3 of my favorite ways to work out that anger!

1) 4 Minute Tabata

I incorporate tabatas quite a bit in my workouts nowadays. They are a fast, efficient way to work your body! Here is a very basic, bodyweight tabata you can do at any time! (And another on my website!) I included a quick video demo to help you understand the exercises!


When we struggle with anger, sometimes we need to sweat it out! Here are some great moves for a workout that will encourage and equip your mind, heart and body.

 

(Click here if you can't see the video)

2) Sprints

I love sprints! If you have a treadmill or access to a street in front of your house, pump out some sprints! Warm up so you don't pull a hamstring, but go fast and hard for as long as you can. (No more than 40 seconds), walk back to the start (or step off the side of the treadmill) and repeat as many times as you can! You should feel your heart pumping hard. Great stress reliever! 

3) Stretch it out

And on the flip side of all that intensity is to chill out for a minute. While my initial reaction is to go heavy and hard, there are times when I just need to stretch, breathe, and listen to worship music. There is no right or wrong to what you do and here are some stretches I do but use this time to meditate on the truth of God. Many times I just need a reorientation of focus and this is a perfect time to do that. 

 

Don't forget about some great music! I blast my playlist and get lost for a few minutes. Music tastes are very unique so play around with some new options for what works with you. Sometimes I need my worship music and sometimes I need something a little more...aggressive! Here are some of my favorite songs right now!

- Sidelines by Lecrae

- Church Clap by KB

- This is not a test by TobyMac

- Heaven by Group1 Crew

- All Sons & Daughters: Live (for stretch)

{Side Note: There are times when the "anger" is a deeper issue, and if you find yourself consistently struggling, no amount of working out will heal your heart. Exercise is a gift God gives us, but we may need to use other Godly gifts such as counseling to get to the real root of the issue!) 

Do you find that spending some physical energy helps get out your frustrations? Share below some of your favorite ways to do so! 

Press on!

Clare

www.claresmith.me

Clare

Clare lives with her husband and 2 children in Northeast Ohio. She has her bachelor's degree in business management and left a promising career to be a stay-at-home mom to her children. She is a certified fitness instructor and teaches pilates and group fitness classes at her church and local university. Clare's passion (outside of raising and nurturing her children and home) is motivating women of all ages and stages of life to live well physically, emotionally and spiritually. Visit her at www.claresmith.me!