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    Emotional Release Following Exercise

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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?

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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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    Interesting, thanks!

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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