5 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Mental Wellness
In a world where our priorities change as often as our underwear let's try to make fitness one of the top ten on our priority list, why you ask? Well let me explain.....
Engaging in regular physical activity has been shown to release endorphins, or as I would call them 'feel good vibes' which are natural mood boosters. Its been shown that these 'feel good vibes' can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Yes please, sign me up for that!!!!!
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which can improve cognitive function, memory, and overall mental clarity. You ever feel the cloud of brain fog after your afternoon meetings, or a playgroup session with a group of rambunctious toddlers? Go for a power walk outside and you'll see sunshine....on a cloudy day....
Additionally, participating in fitness activities can provide a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, give a big karate chop to that negative self-talk and look at your reflection and say 'God damn, I look good.
So now that we know why keeping up with our fitness is great, how to we make it a priority?
Set a goal, create a plan and commit to it
Track progress, celebrate successes and take time to rest and recover
Choose an Activity You Enjoy
What do you see yourself loving? Not the high cardio type, have you tried Barre Classes, just a few sessions and you'll see that all over tone. Don't like monotonous runs on a treadmill, join a zumba class with some girlies and it'll feel like you're at the club (minus the booze). Don't forget to check yourself, you dont wanna go 180% on the first day and burn out for the rest of the month or worse get completley put off. Try different activities until you find something that fits into your life and works for your body type.
Set Realistic Goals
I am so guilty of setting unrealistic goals, sitting there with a bag of chips in hand I will say to myself, 'Mon - Barre, Tues - Yoga, Weds -Bootcamp, Thr - Yoga etc. If you're just starting out with fitness, don't set yourself up for failure by aiming too high, and make it a lifestyle change and not just a weight loss journey. Break it down into smaller steps, 'today I will run an extra 5 mins on the treadmill', 'I will dance continuously through 3 songs without taking a break', 'I'm going to increase my weight by 2.5 more pounds this class'. Each achievement you reach whether big or small will feel like a win and give you the confidence and drive to keep going.
Make Fitness a Social Activity
Find a workout buddy.
Join a fitness group.
Take advantage of fitness classes.
Attend fitness-related events, now that the city has opened there is an amazing list of fitness events. Don't forget to check out the Fitness and Wellness Expo on May 13-14 at Asia Expo