Why do I cry after a hard workout?
Asked by ldwolverine on Feb 05, 2010
I find I am extremely emotional after a hard workout. I cry for no reason. I've always noticed this, but I try and shake it off with the shower and a meal. But sometimes all it takes is one person, one word, a bad news story on the radio and I am inconsolable for minutes at a time, and then I am delicate for a long time afterwards. I've had my hormones tested and the doctor says everything looks fine. I am very vitamin D deficient and have been on supplements for that for a week or so. Any ideas?
I have heard psychotherapy professionals say that the body holds on to emotional feelings whether or not the feelings are realized by the mind. The feelings are stored as tension in the muscles that is released by certain movements. Tears may accompany the release of tension; the experience is cathartic. I have also read that tears, sweat, drool – all airway secretions – are protective against exercise-induced asthma. Since asthma is associated with dry airways, any wetness is good. As an aside, low levels of vitamin D worsen asthma symptoms and so perhaps there is a connection.