Getting Healthy

One of my main goals right now, along with creating a successful blog, is to improve my health, both mentally and physically. Over the past year and a half I have been struggling with my mental health, which in turn affects my physical health, and after falling very sick with the flu for two weeks at the beginning of April, on top of feeling very down for over a year, I decided that I needed to make a change. I began by reading articles on ways to improve your mental well being and ways to improve your immune system, and one thing that came up almost every time was exercise. I took out a book from the library; “The Ripple Effect” by Dr. Greg Wells, which was filled with greatly researched information on the relationship between your sleep, what you eat, exercise, and how you think, and how you need each aspect in order to be healthy. I was always active growing up, playing rep hockey and soccer, but I have never enjoyed working out to work out. Despite my disdain for working out, I knew I couldn’t afford to keep getting sick, and I need to improve my mental health, and frankly, I was tired of having a hard time carrying a case of water, so I knew I needed to try. I have been doing small workouts on average 2-3 times a week, and I feel immediate benefits after my workout through the endorphins that are released. I have noticed that I am developing small arm muscles, and my bum seems to be growing (in a good way). One thing I enjoy doing is high intensity interval training (HIIT). It takes a very short amount of time, but you are exhausted, so you know you got a good workout. Along with these small workouts, I have been doing daily stretches to increase my flexibility with the intention of being able to do the splits (I have a long way to go). As for the long term benefits, I will have to keep you posted! If anyone has any tips, I would love to hear them!