Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Exercise | Mind, Body and Soul

Depending on what kind of person you are, exercise is one of those topics that will make you run for the hills or quite literally, run. 

When you hear the word exercise what do you picture? I picture a red face, a messy pineapple-looking bun falling over the place, sweaty neck, back and... well, you get it. A damn hot mess in other words. But exercise doesn’t have to always be that way.

Not many people, well next to no one, knows this but for the last few months I’ve been struggling a lot with... what shall we call it? Mind, body and soul. If you read one of my previous posts on feeling lost then you’ll get a better idea of what I’m talking about. During this time I slacked majorly on near enough any form of physical activity and it showed. 

Before I got into this slump I was a full on gym bunny and nothing would get in my way of making it to the gym no matter how early or late in the day to hit the weights room and blow off some steam. I was training 4-5 days a week and sometimes more purely for the fact it made me feel so damn good. It wasn’t just the lack of gym that was taking its toll on me. It was the lack of anything physical. I stopped going for long walks on my own around the parks I love, I stopped waking up at 6am on my days off to get shit done, however, I made all the time in the world to sit on my ass and do sweet FA all day. Every day. 

Fuck. What a lazy bitch I had become.

I knew this wasn’t right. I knew it from the start but I have now started to want to make that change. Not for anyone else. For me. After speaking to my boyfriend - who is like my best friend, soul mate and life coach rolled into one (an absolute babe) - a million and one times about this issue, I decided it was time to take action. I started with the smaller things first. Getting shit done. I.e. not laying in bed all day watching Netflix. I’ve started waking up at 6am on all my days off again to get up and get my day started and most importantly, getting my ass to the gym. At first, it was a big struggle. I thought fuck me how am I ever going to get back into a proper routine again? But I persevered and it’s happening. Change is taking place and I’m slowly but surely starting to feel like myself again.

It’s incredible what an impact exercise can have on you. I instantly feel more energised, alert, positive and most importantly, happier. Of course, along with the mental side of things I have started to see and feel a slight change in my figure. The things that are helping me boost my confidence. My bum is perkier, my legs are getting their strength back, my back is taking shape and my muscles ache all the time. But I love it. I’ve missed that ache so much. The ache that reminds me I got up and worked my ass off in the gym. That I’m beginning to better myself inside and out day by day, making positive changes in my life.

Equally, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to throw around weights in the gym or be slogging your guts out on the treadmill to feel better. Any kind of physical activity is good (yes, I suppose, even that kind) whether it be taking a walk, running outdoors, going to a dance class, trying out yoga for the first time... it’s all that goodness that everyone needs for their mind, body and soul. 

I’m not for one second saying I’ve got this whole thing nailed and I’m loving life 24/7 but what I am doing is making those small, maybe insignificant, changes day by day which all amount to something much greater and there is no better feeling than the happiness you feel from within. I’m certainly on the road to becoming that positive, outgoing and confident person I was but it will be a long journey for sure and not always an easy one but I know it will be worth it in the end. I’ll be drivelling on over the next however-many-weeks about my journey. The mind, body and soul series. Yup. We’ll call it that. I’ll write about my feelings, what’s going on and how I’m helping myself day by day and whether you can’t relate at all or you do... whatever it is that makes you read, I hope you enjoy and of course, any suggestions on things to do and try... chuck ‘em my way.

Until next time...

Elle x 

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