I’ll be honest, working out nowadays is more about keeping my body balanced so that my emotions are regulated more than what it is doing for me physically. Yes, I have physical goals and areas that I want to keep working on and improving, but the regulation of emotions is the most immediate benefit.
I run a little fast am type A and because of it have anxiety. The good thing for me, I have always been active, so it never took me over. But I noticed when I got hurt and couldn’t move like I wanted to, my anxiety became palpable. When I started moving again, I felt the physical benefits, but more importantly, I felt a rush of tension leave my body, and a cooling calming effect sleep over my body. And this was only from a couple of stretches, so it wasn’t even long enough to be confused with endorphins. I got familiar with what anxiety felt like and how quickly doing the right exercises could get rid of it at the right intensity.
Your posture and mental health
I tell people that their structure dictates their function, and it is usually in regards to some physical issue or goal they have. But “function” has to do with how your organs work, how well you think, and the regulation of your emotions.
There are physiological reasons your thoughts and emotions may be off. Your sympathetic nervous system has extensions on the front part of your vertebral body.
So if you have bad posture and your spine is out of place, the sympathetic nervous system won’t function and affect your mental and emotions.
So when the stresses of 2020 combined with it being the holidays seem to be taking you over, incorporate a holistic exercise program to keep yourself moving correctly and regulate your thoughts and emotions.
A proper holistic exercise program combined with:
• Time in the fresh air and sun
• Meaningful connections with others
• Plenty of sleep
• And healthy food and plenty of water
It will go a along way to keeping your mental health well. And never be afraid of seeking out help.
it’s not just working out, it’s building a foundation for a better life.
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