Happiness is …
So you’ve just done a workout right?
You’re feeling a little sweaty, perhaps saying
“Never again, that was tough going”
Maybe a little red faced and wanting to collapse on the floor
Am I right??
But how do you really feel??
Have you found happiness?
Think about it
I’m sure you’re feeling pretty damn pleased with yourself for doing those 10 burpees,
For getting the workout done
For showing up in the first place!!
(and so you should be)
But lets be straight, even though all those feelings above are there,
The aching and the tiredness,
The one thing that you feel inside, is GOOD!!
You’ve just smashed a workout,
You may have just completed a run,
You may have giggled like a child while in an exercise class
All of these things will make you smile, even if not outwardly…
The benefits of this feeling GOOD
Far outweigh the benefits we get physically from exercise!!
Yeah sure we want a thinner waistline
Or maybe we want to be fitter for an event
But deep down we just want to be happy right??
And whether you’re working out in a group at our PADS sessions
Or our OUTDOOR
Going for a run
Or exercising at the gym alone…
You will feel GOOD about yourself, even if you’re too tired to realise it
The mind is getting the best workout you can give it.
Can I speak frankly??
Well I don’t know about you
But mental health issues scare the living daylights out of me…
I’ve suffered with depression and it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through.
The thought of suffering from it again scares the s**t out of me,
As I’m sure it does you too!!!
Or maybe someone you know is struggling
And even though we know it’s there,
It’s hard to know what to do to help
Because some days they will look fine and dandy
And we get led into a false sense of security, that they are ok…
But they are not.
So what can we do to help?
What can we do to help ourselves stay healthy in mind as well as in body?
What can we do to find happiness?
WE CAN EXERCISE
Now. I hear you saying
“Yeah, but Claire it’s easy for you. You’re a personal trainer”
“Of course you’re going to promote that, you’re a personal trainer…”
And the answer to that is YES,
I’m going to promote it because I know it works
Myself and the other motivators at Lazy Bones Fitness also know it works
Because we have all been through our own journeys regarding mental health issues.
NO it’s not easy for me to get up and workout just because I am a personal trainer,
I have days just like you where I am tired, lack motivation and also have anxiety feelings.
I hear you say
“But when I am down or depressed or anxious, that is the last thing that I want to do!”
Yep I hear you,
I’ve been there too and on different days I am still there…
In fact, the more stressed you are, the more reason to exercise
And a workout can be your happy medicine.
On those days, that is the BEST time to get up, get your back side in gear and workout!!
It’s a struggle sometimes
But you will not regret it.
I can’t stress enough that exercise is the BEST thing you can do to help yourself..
Here is why:
“A prescription of exercise can help you have a healthy mind”
Says GP Dr Paul Stillman, from Media Medics.
“Exercise stimulates positive endorphins, clears your head and lifts your mood. I think we’ll see more and more people prescribed exercise as a mood-booster.”
Can it relieve stress?
We’re starting to realise just how vital exercise is for our wellbeing,
Both mental and physical.
Published in October 2017,
Reported 12% of cases of depression could be prevented with an hour of exercise each week.
Up your workouts to three a week
And you could reduce your risk of depression by 30 per cent.
(this is massive right!!!???)
Can it help with anxiety?
Yep it sure can.
There are many cases
Of people exercising to relieve their anxiety.
They describe it as protecting them from depression
For lifting their mood and giving them energy,
Bringing them happiness.
This can be true for any type of exercise.
Find something that brings you happiness
The trick is to find one that works for you
That could be punching it out while boxing
Taking part in games
Or doing some yoga or pilates.
It doesn’t matter what exercise it is,
As long as you do it.
Make it part of your every day life
Not only will it help with mental health
But it will contribute towards protecting it.
Being in a group to workout
Will also encourage you to get out and meet new people.
Find a group of like minded people
And help each other.
Laugh and giggle and sweat together!
Make exercise a prescription for life
Its not a luxury that we can’t afford
Because it can cost nothing to get out there for a walk.
Treat it as your daily necessary dose.
You owe this to yourself!
“What we may face is insurmountable, but what I learned is, that we are always stronger than we know”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mental health is just as important as physical health
WRITTEN BY CLAIRE
The Lazy Bones Fitness Lead Motivator
And our Pilates and Mindfulness specialist,
Claire is also found motivating at our
FUNdamentals AQUA and PADS sessions.
If you’d like to know more about that, simply contact the team.
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