Exercise might make you cry (in a good way)Posted on Oct 2nd 2007 11:33AM by Jonathon Morgan
I went to acting school, where you're regularly asked to do move your body and use your voice in ways that you probably haven't before. Our teachers would warn us that, during these exercises, we might "release" something that would make us suddenly burst into tears. Honestly, I assumed this was only because we were a bunch of over-dramatic college students, but apparently this can happen to anyone.
According to this MSNBC article, all of us "use our bodies to tense up against pain or negative experiences," and during exercise we often release these pent-up emotions. Therefore, it's not uncommon for people to cry during yoga, Pilates, or other workouts categorized as "body-mind."
There's a few different explanations for why the body needs an emotional release to coincide with a physical one, but, regardless of the why it happens, it's important to remember that it's OK. The tears are normal, and, chances are, you'll feel better afterward.