Have you ever been here before?
Something motivated you to set a new health and fitness goal that you were REALLY excited about.
So, you committed to clean up your eating, start exercising, and make some BIG CHANGES when it comes to your self-care.
And then you go at it … HARD!
And things are going great.
But then something unexpected pops on your schedule …. or you eat a little “off your plan” … or you skip a workout ….
Did you see the ‘Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood’ documentary last week?
Joe bravely opened up about the impact his parents' 'severe mental health problems' had on him during his childhood.
During the documentary he revealed that he used exercise to de-stress and avoid the atmosphere at home.
He said: “If I hadn’t exercised, I would have been a nightmare. No one would have been able to control me. PE was the one subject I looked forward to because it helped me focus.”
Which is what I want to talk about today; the importance of exercise for mental health.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
When we exercise it releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that boosts your mood and make you feel good. Regular exercise can even have an impact on depression and anxiety.
The good news is, you don't have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Even just modest amounts of exercise can make a difference.
The trick is to make it enjoyable and don’t set your goals to high to begin with. If you have mental health issues and haven't exercised for a long time, setting yourself unrealistic goals like completing a marathon or working out twice a day will only leave you more despondent if you fall short. Better to set yourself achievable goals and build up from there.
Here are my top three ways to get your body moving and those endorphins flowing:
If you sometimes get food cravings, rest assured that you’re not alone!
Most people battle with the urge to eat high calorie, sugary foods like chocolate, cake, ice cream, and pizza on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, these excess calories and processed foods can harm your health and prevent you from losing weight.
The good news is, with the tips below, you can break those habits quite quickly and improve your health and fitness in time for Summer:
It’s 5 a.m. You’re comfortably lying in bed when your alarm clock breaks the peace to summon you for a morning workout.
“I’ll have time later.”
“I’ll get it done after work.”
They’re thoughts we’ve all had as the temptation of the snooze button takes over.
However, working out in the morning is the best thing you can do because you are immediately setting the tone for the rest of your day.
If you get yourself out of bed these are the benefits you’ll be rewarded with:
𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 - When you workout at high intensity your body continues to burn calories after the workout, even when you’re not moving. So, if you get your workout done early on a morning, you’ll still be burning calories while you go about your daily tasks.
𝗕𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗣𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 - Movement can be an excellent source of energy, something many of us need when we start our day. But beyond that, morning exercise has been shown to improve focus and mental abilities all day long.
𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗿 - Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood. Working out in the morning is always a great way to put yourself in a happy place to take on your day. This endorphin release will keep your spirits up all day long and leave you with a better attitude.
𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗳-𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 - Waking up early on a morning to exercise certainly requires self-discipline. It’s not easy at first and does get easier over time. But while you’re training yourself into a routine, the discipline is likely to spill over into other areas of your life too.
Making morning exercise part of your daily routine isn’t easy at first. You’ll have to be disciplined to wake up early. But it just takes a little time and practice to make it a habit. Here’s seven tips to help you get started:
Many things can cause stress. It can be caused by one big event or situation in your life. Or it might be a build-up of lots of smaller things.
Stress often occurs when you worry about something, feel under lots of pressure or face big changes in your life. It can also build up if you are going through a period of uncertainty or you feel like you don't have any control over certain situations.
Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to reduce stress. One of the best things being EXERCISE!
Here’s how exercise helps clear your mind:
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