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Fitness: Comedians Need Not Apply

Have you ever heard of someone smiling their way into a physically fit state. Although there are obvious benefits to carrying a happier mood and viewing the lighter side of things, exercise does not play by these rules. Oftentimes, if you feel happy and comfortable while at the gym, you are doing something wrong. Humor and Exercise do not fit for two very fundamental reasons

Familiar with the story of Sisyphus? In Greek Mythology, this cunning king had even the wit to out do Zeus. Unfortunately, Greek Gods do no like to be one-up’d, so Sisyphus was sentence to roll a boulder up a hill only for it to roll away from him and back down the hill, deeming him to an eternity of pointless work. Why do tell  this story? Quite often people find exercise to a never-ending, pointless endeavor. They often turn to excuses, which leads to jokes and the whole “But then I’d have to get up” line of self separating humor ensues. If anything, making fun of yourself for being lazing is dark humor. Sure it may be funny, but substituting your health for a good laugh is no “laughing matter.”

Do you ever see professional athletes reading the funnies or making silly faces before they perform, didn’t think so. Happiness is a state of mind brought on by peace and enjoyment. One of the easiest ways to be happy is to not be mad, but what happens when you ARE mad…..exercise to the rescue. Aside from the endorphins and physical kick-backs of exercise, exercise can be an excellent mood improver, coping mechanism, and stress reliever. As the picture above explains, exercise give you an acceptable way to show your rage. Also, why not spend your anger by improving your overall health. Killing two birds with one stone is always nice, is it not? Next time your angry, wrap that closed fist around a dumbbell and Train On.


1 thought on “Fitness: Comedians Need Not Apply”

  1. I am always very serious during a workout, and its irritating when people make jokes out of working out, because they are missing out on the benefits of it! I like that you brought up this topic.


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