Mental Health and Exercise

It may come as no surprise that mental health and exercise are intertwined. The care and feeding of the human body is an intricate balance. Working with women that struggle with getting enough sleep, proper eating practices, and maintaining a stressful job is a recipe for weight gain and mental imbalance. Exercise is a means of reducing hormones associated with stress that can also have a positive impact on sleep. Bottom line, we don’t feel good when our bodies are sick.

The biggest issue is most people aren’t aware how they feel because of the intent focus it takes to get through life. Having a demanding job, marriage, kids, aging parents, home ownership . . . serve as daily distractions. We aren’t paying attention to how drastically our bodies are changing because we’re on auto-pilot.

What I have learned over the past eight years is “you can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves.” Scary truth! Assisting a person through their struggle with weight loss and learning healthy lifestyle habits is extremely rewarding. On the flip side, not everyone is successful. Providing an eating plan, sleep strategy, exercise program, emotional support system, pain management practitioners, and other schema won’t fix the underlying issue unless it is embraced. An individual’s mental health is the X factor.

Get Help

Easy to say, but super difficult to do. We have psychologists trained to counsel, psychotherapists trained to treat mental and emotional disorders, hypnotherapists trained to heal our subconscious, physical health practitioners trained to help manage exercise and pain, but admitting there is an issue and seeking help is just the first step. The hard work goes into consistently working on our issues. This is the one thing we can do to create a safe and healthy environment. When negative internal voices are chattering, it’s time to find someone to confide in and move toward healthier mental practices. Please use your voice to speak out.

Exercise Alert!

In Core FITClass this week we’re focusing on rediscovering old favorites! It has been a while since we’ve completed this exercise and quickly remembered just how awesome it is. Check it out for yourself:

Weighted Lunge Hop

A great exercise for increasing the heart rate and toning your legs. Maintain your stance during this exercise by keeping the legs in a lunge position during the entire series. (Complete 8-12 repetitions on each side, 3-4 sets.)

Need a low impact option? Take out the hop by shifting your body weight up to toes, bringing both heels up, and then lower into the lunge position.

Safety tips:

  • Keep front knee behind the toe
  • Align the back knee, toe, and heel straight forward
  • Careful not to roll the ankles to either side

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Steps to Avoid an Accident

It may come as no surprise that balance and coordination deteriorate with age. Below is a great article outlining reasons for regular exercise, along with ways to keep the mind-body connection strong. Hafner’s article also brings to light possible negative effects of long-term medication use.

New York Times article written by Katie Hafner on November 3, 2014.

Preventing a fall, and the resulting injuries, isn’t simply a matter of being more careful. Indeed, experts who have studied falls wish that people would take measures to protect themselves much as they do against heart disease or viral infections.

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