Boost your mood

Posted: May 29 2014

As stated in a recent article by Shape Magazine, exercising can boost your mood for up to 12 hours! But as endurance athletes- we tend to overdo things without even thinking. Be sure to keep it in check and avoid burn out-take care of YOU!

Diet: So we all know the rule...Junk in, Junk out. If you must rely on caffeine to get you through your day, somethings up. Sugar is a no-no too! Essential Fatty Acids are huge to assuring you keep your body lubricated-and um no fried foods don't count. Healthy essential fatty acids also aid the avoidance of reaching a catabolic state when your body starts to eat away your muscle. Get those avocados, flax and chia in! Stick to basics, the way nature intended.

Sleep: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers Sleep Deficit a public epidemic...WOW really? Yes really! The University of Pennsylvania did a study on those who slept 6 hours a night for 2 weeks and they lost as much focus as those who had been up for 36 hours straight!! So sleep on that! Oh and exercise helps you sleep by the way.

Exercise: If you are not a triathlete, you can still reap the many benefits of exercise without doing something so Type A, like a triathlon. If you are new to exercising, make it simple, but make it a priority and part of your day. One week try 2 days, then next week 4 days of routine workouts. Or if time is a factor do 15-30 minutes, 4-6 times a week. Even if you have to sneak in half of a Spin class, just know this Rock!

Being a Personal Trainer myself I have tried almost every class out there. This was my way of checking off my bucket list to a healthy lifestyle. Knowing I can do Hot Yoga, or Spinning, or a Strength Conditioning class leaves many doors open and less excuses to why I don't feel like working out. Being a triathlete also gives me options to swim, bike or run outside. But hey, walking is a good way to start too, so do'nt discount that. Just know your body goes through peaks and valleys and will plateau depending on your diet, sleep and activity. So change is good!!

I have also dealt with many personalities when training and working out. There are some who need validation or extrinsic motivation from peers to take on new challenges. There are others who are self-motivators or intrinsically motivated, who don't feel they need to follow anyone but just enjoy doing more things that challenge them. There are also others who are motivated, but don't listen to reason when doing proper training or avoidance of injury and refuse to follow a plan if provided.

The key to longevity, is being open-minded, try new things, overcome insecurities, and it doesn't matter how- just go for it! But be safe, be
careful and be smart! Now that we have so many resources, it is very important to educate yourself when attempting something new. The true key to happiness is you and no one else! You only have one body, so take care of it and treat it right from the inside out.