Those that follow me will know I am far from a top athlete. By standards here in the UK I am considered on the chubby side. I blame indulging in too much amazing food and wine.
Although my lack of a Stella physique might fool you I do normally work out regularly.
Why do I work out?
So if it is not to maintain that awesome physical form, why do I work out. Rather simply for my sanity.
So many studies have shown that exercise benefits your well being in numerous different ways. It can help with sleep, a sense of calm, balance, achievement and physical well-being which all in turn impact your mental well-being.
What have I learnt about exercise.
I think exercise is one of those fascinating things for which everyone has a different style and preference. What works for one person won’t always work for another. My recipe includes some key ingredients.
For me the Gym does not work. – There are lots of things about the gym I don’t like, the environment and paying for the pleasure are two big factors.
Group classes are great – In my early days of exercise exploration I really enjoyed a group class. I liked the mix of abilities and the social aspect provided extra motivation.
I also found for certain types of exercise Pilates for example classes were really important to help me learn the proper way of doing movements.
I am more likely to exercise first thing in the morning. – There are different benefits to doing exercise at different times of the day. For example exercise in the evening can help with sleep.
For me I have found motivation first thing in the morning is what carries me through a workout. If I don’t work out then I am less likely to do it later in the day.
I find it better to work out on an empty stomach. – I prefer to work out before breakfast. I find that way I avoid cramps and stitches.
Be prepared – I find I have a better chance of succeeding at completing a work out of everything is in place before hand. I know where my gear is, I know where I am going what I am doing.
What does my exercise routine look like?
I work out 4-5 days a week. 3 days a week I do a body coach YouTube 20 minute High intensity training session or a twenty minute jog. Two days a week I do a ten minutes Pilates session.
They are only short sessions. I have this is the minimum I need to do to help support my positive well being. There have been times in the past when I have stretched myself beyond this training for an event but that is rare.
I think it is so important we all start to acknowledge the importance of exercise on our mental health. What works for you and yours?