Thursday, September 10, 2009

Men Are From Mars, Women From Venus?

Do men find physical activity emotional at all?

I'm asking this out of pure curiosity. Because for me, and many other women, physical activity can be very emotional.

With all that I've been going through, being physically active has brought on a lot of emotion. Some good, some bad. But emotion all the same. For me, I kind of feel that the crying I do on a run or in yoga class is me leaving a bit of my pain on the road or on the mat. Those tears represent me letting go and I feel a little better when I'm done. Both because I've had a killer workout and because my heart is filled with less pain.

I know from speaking with other women athletes that this is common for women. Even those that aren't going through a traumatic experience. Just the act of completing a physically demanding workout can bring emotion on.

I understand that big moments will bring on emotion such as finishing that first big race. I'm talking about more run-of-the-mill emotion. Emotion you weren't expecting.

Do men feel this? And please don't take my curiosity as an affront. I am genuinely interested in this. With this being the first very emotional time in my life, I've never experienced this before. Physical activity never brought on this type of emotion before. Is that the key? Do you have to go through a traumatic event in order for emotion to be so on the surface? I don't think so.

Please, guys, I really want to know if you ever feel emotional either during or after a workout. And I don't mean just crying and weeping all over the place. Would an especially hard workout make your emotions come to the surface more than something else?