Did you know that reports of anxiety are up 25% over the past couple of years?
I personally think this number is quite low since anxiety shows up in different ways for different people … and it’s not always easy to recognise it as anxiety.
A few ways it can show up: feeling restless or agitated, having headaches and/or unexplained pains, trouble focusing, feeling tired, disrupted sleep, worrying, or rolling the same-old, same-old thoughts over and over in your head.
One of the best natural ways to get almost immediate relief from anxiety is to EXERCISE – especially workouts that get your heart rate up!
It works in a few different ways to help you feel better, and studies show it rivals some prescription meds.
Here are a few ways exercise helps battle anxiety:
Has this ever happened to you before?
You’re planning to workout after work … but when the time comes, you start to think:
😴 You’re too tired
🥶 The weather is too cold
🍔 You’re hungry
⌛️ You have too much to do
😰 You’re stressed
🤷♂️ You’re not sure what workout to do
📺 You really just want to watch something on Netflix
And you’re tempted to give in and scrap your workout.
I get it!
By the end of the day, a workout can seem like a LOT of effort in your head.
BUT, before you let any of those excuses derail you, try this instead:
Finding the motivation to exercise when you're not in the mood is tough. Especially, when the darker mornings and nights start creeping in. But, it's the difference between being a couch potato and being in good shape.
The people who motivate themselves to get their workouts done, are the ones who get results.
However, getting off the couch when you're feeling lethargic can be very hard, so here's some techniques you can use to give yourself a friendly nudge, and get you off to the gym.
Now that the kids are back to school are you back into a healthy eating and exercise routine yet?
If you’re not, don’t worry!
It can take children a couple of weeks to get used to the classroom environment and school hours again, and it can take parents the same amount of time to change their mindset and get back into their workout routines that went astray during the summer and over lockdown.
There’s still plenty of time to get back on track, improve your fitness and feel great by the end of September!
Here’s my top tips on how to put the summer indulgence behind you and get back to eating and living healthily:
Do you know one of the top reasons people have for NOT being able to commit to a regular fitness routine?
It’s because they say they “don’t have enough time.”
So in this article, I’m going to break down some ways you can find that time!
Our bodies have an AMAZING built-in system to get rid of waste and toxins. (Including your liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, and large intestine.)
But unfortunately, our modern lifestyles and habits tend to make it harder for our organs to do their jobs.
When these organs are overworked it can leave you feeling bloated and tired… and it can also affect your energy and mood.
The good news is that you can turn that around by cutting back on the overload your “detox” system has to deal with.
Bonus: This approach helps you boost your performance and reach your goals faster, too.
7 Steps to Building a Cleaner, Better Performing Body:
Sticking with an exercise routine can be hard enough for anyone. But for parents, in the Summer holidays, it can seem impossible.
Most of your time will be spent entertaining and running around after your kids, leaving very little time to yourself.
But, it's really important to stay active because it will give you energy, reduce stress, and, of course, help burn off some of the extra calories you may be eating.
So, how do you find that balance? These quick tips will help you stay fit over the Summer:
This month I’ve been talking about next-level steps you can take to boost your results… and today’s post might just be about the most important step.
It affects almost every action you take and every decision you make.
It’s your MINDSET… and it could be playing tricks on you!
Here’s why it’s worth paying attention to:
This month I’m talking about simple things you can do to boost your results …
And this one is surprisingly effective.
It can help you on your way to less stress, happier moods, and better workout results (plus less soreness).
Here it is: Don’t skip your post-workout cooldown or stretches!
Your cooldown has powerful implications for your health … right down to your central nervous system.
I know you’re busy and want to shoot off when your workout is over, but it’s absolutely worth taking a few extra minutes to wind down after your workout.
I take a deeper dive into your cooldown in my latest ebook, The Ultimate Post-Workout & Recovery Guide. Get a FREE copy here: www.eastcoast-fitness.com/recoveryguide
What you do during your cooldown will depend on your workout, but here are some basic guidelines:
It’s nutrition hack day … and I’ve got a tip that will give you a major payoff both right now and into the future.
But first, I need to start with a big question.
When you sit down to eat, do you pay attention to your food and how your body feels while you’re eating?
Or … are you scoffing it down in front of the TV or while scrolling your phone/computer?
Paying attention to how you fuel your body – and being INTENTIONAL about your food choices – can seriously transform your results.
By being intentional, I mean paying attention to: