Let’s talk about the idea of using sport, or fitness as an escape.
Have you ever gone to the box because you are trying to escape another area of your life? Do you ever feel like you’d rather hang out at the gym, so you don’t have to deal with _______? Do you think this is okay, or maybe not so much?
Over my years of coaching I have heard many people make comments about how the gym is their escape. Most of us feel a lot of positive feelings when we are at the gym, pushing ourselves. For some of you, training might be the only time during the day when you have fun, let of some steam and enjoy yourself. It’s a wonderful thing to love your sport, or your gym, and I highly encourage you to find the type of environment that excites you.
- But, have you ever found yourself staying longer at the gym to avoid a personal conflict (that you’d rather not deal with)?
- Do you go to the gym when you “need to get away” from someone or something?
- Are you spending a ton of hours training, simply because you “dislike” your current job, living situation, or because you’re having trouble with a relationship that you’re in?
Today’s post, is just meant to help keep you in check. Although I believe that the gym can be therapeutic, I’m hoping that you understand it’s a fine-line. I want to encourage you to deal with the stress in your life, because it won’t go away otherwise. If there are areas of your life that need more attention, you may need to reduce your time at the gym, in order to give those areas adequate time and energy. When we focus on improving the quality of our life, we are able to enjoy the process and be better at all that we do.
Make sure that you prioritize your health and well-being outside of the box, so that you can continue to do what you love.
What are your thoughts about using the gym as an escape? Comment below! Interested in reading a related post – check out this one “How To Move Beyond The Negative”