Must I Avoid Weight Training For Good?

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated May 5, 2022

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Before anxiety disorder, heavy weight training was a huge part of my life. It was one of my best stress relievers. I’m now avoiding the heavy weight training to let my body recover from anxiety. Once I have recovered from hyperstimulation, will I be able to return to heavy weight training, or must I avoid that for good?

Once you’ve dealt with your anxiety issues and hyperstimulation has been eliminated, you should be able to return to whatever normal activities you want, including heavy weight training.

When the body’s stimulation is back to normal, and you aren’t creating unhealthy stress via anxious behavior, the body can once again become resilient to stress, including the stress from rigorous workouts.

That’s the benefit of addressing Level One and Level Two recovery. Once you’ve done that work, you can return to normal living without the threat of returning to problematic anxiety or anxiety-caused hyperstimulation.

Even if you encounter stressful circumstances that cause mild to moderate hyperstimulation, you won’t be afraid of the symptoms, and you’ll know how to eliminate them and to return to normal, non-hyperstimulated health.

Once you’ve done the right work, there is no risk of returning to anxiety disorder or a long struggle with hyperstimulation and symptoms.

The skills, application, and experience you gain through Level One and Level Two recovery will serve you well for the rest of your life.

For example, once I (Jim Folk) recovered from anxiety disorder and hyperstimulation back in 1987, I’ve pushed my body hard without returning to a struggle with anxiety issues even though my body became hyperstimulated at times. There’s no reason why you can’t expect the same results when you’ve completed your recovery work.

And you don’t have to complete your recovery work all at once. You can overcome the initial thrust of anxiety disorder and hyperstimulation, such as Level One recovery, and then work at Level Two recovery concepts over time as they surface.

Again, when you do the right work, I see no reason why you can’t return to normal living, including heavy weight training.

Many of the people we’ve worked with over the years have gone on to live wonderful and full lives.

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

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