Gym Therapy: The Best Way to De-stress

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Without getting personal, as the saying goes, when it rains, it POURS! Lately, I have been under a lot of stress, the most stress that I’ve endured all year. I’m pretty sure that there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, with my name in bold print.

I recently joined Orange Theory and have been going super hard in the gym. It’s amazing how you can kill two birds with one stone, and not even know that is what you’re about to do. Not only have I been able to lose inches and weight, but I’ve been able to clear my mind, of everything I’ve had going on while I spend an hour a day, four days a week sweating it out. We can be physically fit, but mentally drained, and honestly, I would like to be both mentally and physically fit. I’m sure you feel the same. We all have extremely busy lives, and it’s never enough hours in the day, to tackle everything we must do.

Here are a few things that I did, to ensure that my mind and body were well taken care of during stress times:

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  1. I turned the stress into my opponent in the gym and fought it with each mile that I jogged or ran on the treadmill, every row on the water rower, and every pound of weights that I lifted.
  2. While working out, I allowed my mind to be clear, present, and focused solely on my workout.
  3. Seeing the results in only a few weeks helped to keep me motivated and I instantly became addicted to the gym. I quickly turned into a “gym rat”.
  4. I never allowed my stress to cause me to overeat or eat unhealthy foods. We all know that stress either has you eating too much or not enough.

Therapy doesn’t always have to be scheduling an appointment with a therapist, or a therapeutic spa day. Both are great and highly recommended, but it can also be the gym which makes our bodies very happy. When you look good, you feel good, and it’s not about getting summertime fine, but developing healthy habits, a realistic workout regimen that you can stick to, and keeping yourself accountable. At the end of the day, we are all #GOALS.

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Patrice Tartt is the Editor-in-Chief of, bestselling author, entrepreneur, speaker and the Dream Big Writing Coach®. Patrice is based out of the Washington, D.C. metro area, and has been quoted and featured in Inc., Everything Girls Love, ESSENCE, BET, Houston Defender, The Network Journal, Publishers Weekly, Parents Magazine and She Knows. She has also contributed to ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Sheen, HuffPost, MadameNoire, EverythingGirlsLove, Upscale Magazine, and Curly Nikki. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, and shopping. Patrice is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Stay connected with Patrice through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @PatriceTartt.


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