Often times I hear people say that they don't have time to work-out, or they aren't feeling 'up to it'.
In my opinion- fitness can be the savior of your mental health, and you need to make time to exercise. Exercise as I mentioned doesn't have to be in a gym, on a treadmill or on weight-machines. Exercise can be any activity that you enjoy, preferably for longer than 25 minutes to get a lot of the benefits. (Although there has been some work done that has shown a 10 min workout with 1 minute of high intensity exercise a day can give you a lot of the same benefits as well)
I wanted to post a bit on my experience with how fitness has been amazingly therapeutic for me, especially in the past 6 months.
Although I have not missed a day of exercise in the past 6 months-I haven't been posting too frequently because my dad was terminally ill with cancer and passed away on January 21st 2017. I was with my mom at my parents house for over a month providing at home hospice care to my dad (before that we were at the hospital a lot while my dad was undergoing treatment). It was an extremely difficult experience.. and I don't think I would have been as good of a care-taker, or mentally stable if I hadn't taken off the 30 minutes a day to exercise. My mom and I were also very busy during this time, both of us trying to work remotely in our jobs, and providing 24/7 care to my dad, with the occasional help from the nurse, nurse aids, friends and other family members.
There were days where I didn't feel 'up' to exercising, especially not working on my kicks and flips for capoeira- or days where I thought I should spend those 30 minutes working on writing scientific manuscripts (I'm an Ecologist/Environmental Scientist as well as a Personal Trainer).. .but when I just forced myself to get on the elliptical machine or go for a run- I felt so much better afterwards.
I went from feeling depressed, anxious and frustrated to wanting to help my parents, particularly my dad, and being there for him to hold his hand, massage his feet and just help take care of him overall.
Please, if you are in a similar situation, or are just busy, stressed out and overwhelmed: Please take the time for yourself and EXERCISE. You will be more productive and a better person to those around you by doing this.
Fitness therapy works wonders.. try it out to believe it.
If you are feeling unmotivated for any reason- just put on your workout clothes, and lace-up your gym shoes. Then see how you feel after you are all dressed and ready.
Then take it one step further and tell yourself: I am going to just workout for 10 minutes. Then at the 10 minute mark- tell yourself- ok just 10 more minutes. After the 20 min mark.. all you have to do is a 5 min cool down and you are done for the day and should be proud of yourself!
You got this... Do it for You.. and by Doing it for You, You will be Doing it For Others!