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Why exercise is good for me?

By 23rd September 2020 October 21st, 2020 3 Comments

Joe Wicks of PE With Joe just put out a video admitting that he is struggling with his mental health at the moment, and talking about how exercise is the biggest help for him during difficult times. I couldn’t agree more with this and wanted to tell you the reasons why exercise is so helpful for me as a busy parent. I want also to give you some tips on how you can get movement into your everyday life.

I spent my twenties singing in a band. So, with work, late night gigs and Saturdays in a dark (and smelly!) rehearsal room I didn’t find much time to exercise or go outside. By the time I was approaching 30 this had taken its toll on my body and mind. I was also struggling with my weight and kept putting things off saying I would do them when I was thinner, afraid I would get laughed at.

I remember the day this changed. I was sitting on the beach in St Ives watching people having fun in the sea, wishing I could join in. I realised that I was wasting time worrying about what other people thought so I ‘took the plunge’ as it were! I hired a wetsuit and a surfboard and ventured in. Nobody laughed, they were all concentrating on themselves, and I had the most fun I had ever had! That was the day I decided I was going to take up running.

I’ve never been fast and until recently never managed more than 3 miles, but it didn’t take long before I was hooked. Running has never helped me loose much weight but what it has given me is somewhere to go when I need space in my own mind. I figure everything out when I run and it makes the whole day better because as Joe Wicks always says, exercise realises actual feel good chemicals into your body, the same chemicals most antidepressants help your body to produce.

These days I have expanded into other forms of exercise, but I always go back to running, as for my mind it is the best! Here are some other reasons I find it great to exercise, especially as a parent.

  • Feeling better from exercise makes me a calmer, more patient and understanding parent
  • I am able to keep up with my daughter when she feels the need to run! (which is often!)
  • Those piggybacks for tired legs carrying an array of other things are easier when I feel fitter and stronger!
  • That time is just for me, I’m not doing more than one thing at once
  • I’m showing my daughter that it pays off to work hard for health and wellbeing

Finally, I’d love to give you some tips of fitting exercise into your routine, because let’s face it, being a parent is a busy old business!

  • Find an exercise YOU LOVE. You may hate running but love to walk, you may fall in love with yoga or just want to dance around your living room!
  • Find a time that works for you. Some people may enjoy getting up early to exercise whilst others prefer the evening.
  • Extend the school RUN. I fund a great way to fit in a run is to do the school run on my gear and then go from there. But it could just be that you walk the long way home again.
  • Plan and prepare. If you plan something in, prepare your clothes and have it as part of your schedule you are much more likely to do it.

So there we are, why not give something a go! All the old PE with Joe Wicks Streams are still on his Youtube channel.

As ever stay safe and look after yourselves.

– Blog written by Terrie

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  • Joe says:

    Thanks for sharing this Keira. I find that exercise is a key component to my mental health too – for me, it works best to exercise in the mornings and I can go about the rest of my day feeling good that I’ve already achieved something I set out to do. But exercise isn’t one size fits all, finding your individual motivation, ideal activity, and time to work out will stop you from resenting it or feeling like you ‘have to’ do it, rather than actually wanting to.

    • Keira says:

      Hi Joe,

      I’m glad you enjoyed Terrie’s blog and thank you for sharing your experiences – I’m sure other readers will find this very helpful.

      I completely agree that exercise isn’t a ‘one size fits all’. It’s important to try a range of different activities to find something we’ll enjoy and can stick with because we’ll benefit from that the most.

      If you’re interested in reading other blogs around this theme, I’d suggest taking a look at these: Exercise and your mental health and Best types of exercise for your mental health

    • Guest Blogger says:

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your comment. Exercising in the morning works better for me also, it definitely makes you feel better for the rest of the day. I completely agree that the best way to exercise for wellbeing is to find an activity you love. I keep trying Yoga and hating it. Keep up the good work.

      – Terrie

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