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Jun 17

Stress Relief through Exercise

Posted By iamincontrol | June 17, 2014

Teen girl running
By Alison

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.

-Plato

Stress is commonly present amongst students. Throughout my years I have definitely been stressed to the max sometimes. Exercise is a great stress reliever for me. Growing up, I was always active in sports. Each season it was a new sport; it was go, go, go. Once I graduated high school, I was no longer on a team, but I knew that I wanted to continue being active.

In college I decided to sign up for a spinning class so I would remember to go. Eventually, I got a routine down, and exercise became a part of my daily life. In fact, on days when I did not do some sort of physical activity, I felt sort of grumpy. Later that spring, I began training for a half marathon. I have always been a runner, but I had never run 13.1 miles. After a couple months of training, I completed my first half marathon. It was a great accomplishment.

This past fall, I decided to tackle one of my lifetime goals: train for and finish a marathon. I started training in June, and it was definitely a commitment. I would wake up early before it got scorching hot outside to do some of my longer runs. The second weekend of October came up quickly, and I traveled to Chicago to participate in my very first marathon. I am happy to say, I finished 26.2 miles without walking and had a better time than I had expected. When I finished, I had such a feeling of accomplishment. I was truly proud of myself for all the time and dedication it took to reach my goal.

I have developed a love for exercise. It is my way to escape from all the stress of life for a little part of each day. It is my time to think, reflect, and focus on making myself better. As Plato said, exercise is something that anyone can benefit from.