When was the last time you focused on your breathing at the gym? Or your self-esteem? If this sounds foreign to you, you're not alone - we spend a lot more time thinking about physical fitness than mental fitness. As you think about your fitness routine, try to incorporate these other elements from Health.com to ensure you're making your fitness plan as well-rounded as possible:
- Breathing exercises help you get through your day. BreatheWe all have those stressors at work and at home. Those who practice yoga and meditation know the importance of the breath to regulating your mood and well-being. If you're looking for some guided breathing techniques, my personal favorite is the app.
- Ensure you're giving yourself credit for all of the hard physical work you're doing. It may not seem like it if you're just starting a workout routine, but every day at the gym is a step closer to your goals. Give yourself credit and feel good about what you're doing to be your best self.
- Get off social media at the gym. Checking everyone's highlight reels while you're working out isn't going to make you feel any better about yourself. There are plenty of studies that prove this is true. Put the focus on your workout - you'll get home faster.
Let's make 2018 the year of our bodies...and minds!
- Dan Mulcahey