Use it or lose it - yes, it really matters!

Last year during the pandemic my business was in lockdown, and suddenly I had time on my hands. I made the most of it by doing a workout, going for a run, or (once we were allowed) having a long walk with a friend. I felt the fittest I have ever felt in my life, and not only did it help my physical fitness, but it also boosted my mental wellbeing. I felt much better able to cope with all the stresses and fears of a new way of living. Now I'm back at work, and looking after my 96 year old mother as her carer, and sometimes there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to be as physically active as I'd like to be. I've noticed the effect of this, my energy levels haven't been as high, and it's not just on my physical fitness, but my mood has suffered as well. Believe it or not, even as a personal trainer you don't always seem to have sufficient time to look after your own health and wellbeing! And in a way it's even worse, because there I am telling people to be active, and then finding it hard to do it as much as I'd like myself - doesn't do much for your self-concept, for sure! So, I've practised what I preach and made time to get out there and run - if the day doesn't seem to have enough hours, I've increased the number of hours I've got. The last few days I've got up at 5.30am, and I'm out there running by 6am. And what a difference - I'm feeling better about myself again, and yesterday it was a beautiful morning - warm and sunny, the rhododendron in full flower, and hardly anybody about, and then this morning I spotted a deer. I get back home feeling energised and so much happier. I know it's not easy to make a long day even longer, especially in the winter months, of course, and if you've got work and care duties it can be even harder, but if there's any way you can fit a bit more physical activity into your life even if it's just a walk - DO IT! I know, from my own personal experience, how much better I feel when I'm active, and how much worse I feel when I'm not.

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