Training is not just about how fast or how strong you are. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. And it’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges. Our members at CrossFit 4504 find the regular sense of achievement they get from our classes boosts their self esteem as does the fun of training with friends.
Sometimes when you’re suffering with stress, depression or anxiety the hardest part can be getting a new program started. It can be overwhelming and daunting. Here are some steps that can help you get started and take the pressure off yourself:
It’s okay to start small.
When you’re under the cloud of an emotional time and haven’t exercised for a long time, setting yourself huge goals like completing a marathon or working out for an hour every morning will only leave you more deflated if you fall short. Better to set yourself achievable goals and build up from there. At CrossFit 4504 our coaches can work with you on an achievable goal and schedule that is manageable and we can build on that.
Focus on activities you enjoy.
Any activity that gets you moving counts. That could include throwing a ball with a dog or friend, walking laps of a local lake or park (the weather has been stunning for this lately), or cycling to the park.
Make exercise a social activity.
Exercising with a friends or family will not only make exercising more fun and enjoyable, it can also help to motivate you to stick to a workout routine. You’ll also feel better than exercising alone. In fact, when you’re suffering from a mood disorder such as depression, the companionship can be just as important as the exercise. Find a group of community where you feel supported and included. CrossFit is different in that you aren’t just a faceless number and no one knows or cares if you are there or not. We in fact do notice and do care, and we also want you to have fun while you’re here.
The hour you spend in class with us should be the best hour of your day!! No matter what is going on outside the gym in your every day life this is your hour to focus on you and have our coaches focus on you. You don’t have to be the adult, boss, mum, dad, whatever, you can be you and use that time to find strength within yourself you didn’t know you had. This is your time!! Start today!!