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    I was out on my daily walk today. The need to sprint all out was there so I followed my instinct and sprinted. But the sprinting turned into a full on run all the way back home. It was about a kilometre. It felt really good.

    But, when I got home I was extremely emotional. Bawled in the shower. Had a 45 min nap, woke up without an alarm and felt really good.

    Is this normal? Should this be expected while in weight loss mode? Anyone else experienced this?

    No, its not hormonal week.
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    I have not had this experience(granted I'm a relatively unemotional male), but I'm glad it was cathartic for you.
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    • #3
      I have had similar instances, such as crying after a half marathon (although there were also known specific emotional triggers for that one). Ive also gotten suddenly very emotional when stretching a lot of my tight, problem tissue (hips, low back) in yoga. People who study and work with myofascial issues say that releasing bound tissues can trigger sudden emotional responses in many people. The exact mechanism why this occurs is not understood, but the correlation seems to be real.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Corvidae View Post
        Ive also gotten suddenly very emotional when stretching a lot of my tight, problem tissue (hips, low back) in yoga. People who study and work with myofascial issues say that releasing bound tissues can trigger sudden emotional responses in many people. The exact mechanism why this occurs is not understood, but the correlation seems to be real.
        I've heard similar stories from yoga teachers.
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        • #5
          Did you cry for any specific reason? Any pent up sadness?

          Crying is always good, maybe your coming to terms with something you've been feeling?

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          • #6
            Interesting, thanks!

            My weight and inches hasn't moved for the month of January. But I feel freakin' fabulous! The fact that I even had the urge to move faster than a brisk walk is a breakthrough! Healing indeed...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
              Did you cry for any specific reason? Any pent up sadness?

              Crying is always good, maybe your coming to terms with something you've been feeling?
              Nothing comes to mind. It's usually rage anger that I'm feeling, so this was a new response for me.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Corvidae View Post
                Ive also gotten suddenly very emotional when stretching a lot of my tight, problem tissue (hips, low back) in yoga. People who study and work with myofascial issues say that releasing bound tissues can trigger sudden emotional responses in many people. The exact mechanism why this occurs is not understood, but the correlation seems to be real.
                ^^^This for me, for sure. I typically feel euphoria after working out or yoga, but have also felt an uncontrollable urge to cry etc when dealing w/ various emotional issues, or going deep into my hips and bringing up old emotional baggage. It's amazing how we can hold stuff in our bodies...I say good for you! Great to get whatever it is out there, feel it, and then rest up after feeling refreshed!
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                • #9
                  I've had this thing where I ramble on about random things like an adhd person on crack (after like every workout), but I've never wept. I think it's more of an inhibitions thing because I also yell at the slightest provocation after a workout, just like when I'm drunk.
                  Which is why I don't drink.
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                  • #10
                    I used to attend a monthly Yamuna body rolling class where you roll your body with plastic balls of different sizes. The instructor said it was very common to experience intense emotional release when rolling certain parts of the body. I just rolled my eyes. However, when we were rolling the pelvis area I did become overwhelmed with the need to cry. I could not pinpoint it. A few people cried during the pelvis area and a couple others during different body parts.

                    It was a strange experience, but it didn't feel like it was a bad thing.
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                    • #11
                      Yoga believes a lot of emotion in the form of tension is held in the hips...it is very possible that run released some of that.
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                      • #12
                        Yoga teacher here--people cry all the time in class. When I did my training and we were holding deep fascial release poses for 10+ minutes at a time, people would cry hysterically, then laugh hysterically, then go back to crying. It's really common, especially when opening the chest and hips.

                        The explanation I got from my teachers sounded like hippie nonsense to me, but whatever's causing it, it's definitely a thing. I, for one, feel extreme anxiety, almost panic, when doing hip-opening poses. And sometimes rage.

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                        • #13
                          I've experienced the same thing doing T-tapp LadyBug workout. It works the hips and pelvis area quite a bit. I usually go with it and cry because I always feel a ton better after.

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                          • #14
                            I know this is an old thread. Sorry for resurrecting it. I'm new to weight lifting and I'm finding that I sometimes can walk in there feeling sort of sore and wimpy but once I start lifting, I get this grrrrr feeling and want to lift something even heavier and any soreness or stiffness is totally gone. And today on the pullup machine it was really super hard and I went for just one more (but didn't quite make it) and once I got down off the machine I felt like I was going to cry. I hate being the only old lady in the gym. I don't think any of those beefy college guys or co-eds with their ponytails bouncing away on the cardio machines will understand.
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                            • #15
                              It was probably just very liberating and free that you just let all your feelings out! kind of a cleanse!

                              Originally posted by shmee View Post
                              Interesting, thanks!

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