Before I get into today’s workout, Can I talk a little bit about how working out and doing some cardio alleviates stress and anxiety?? I’m talking to you from my own personal experience now. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that my page is sort of like an open book into my life. Every now and then I will post a picture or a word quote that relates to fitness and how the gym has saved my life. I mean that literally.
From the time I was 13, I struggled with eating disorders and body dysmorphic syndrome. Through working out, I discovered this euphoric feeling after I was done and that is what led me to continue to keep going back for more. That was when I was eighteen years old. I fell in love with the gym so much that I started working in one and never looked back. I was a sales advisor for NYSC and for Equinox. With both companies, I exceeded my monthly quotas and goals because well, selling a membership to a gym was easy for me. I think my eyes sparkled and lit up every time I had someone in my office. The person sitting across from me couldn’t help but say yes to buying a membership because my passion shined through with each word I spoke. I was always driven and always worked. To say I was a hustler may be somewhat true, but I was hustling to get people healthy, fit and happier. I loved my job!
Getting the itch to be a personal trainer came when I moved to Arizona in 2003. Again, getting certified and gaining clients was a breeze, because I walked the walk, talked the talk and made clients fall in love with the gym as much as I did.
Fast forward to now, where I am still coaching women on eating cleaner and working out smarter, I still want everyone to have less stress and anxiety, and you can do that through working out.
According to Anxiety + depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults and are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the U.S. I am one of them. Would you believe I DO NOT get any medication for anxiety? I REFUSE to be put on any meds for it. Sometimes, all it takes is a workout or a cardio session and I am fine.
Psychologists say that exercise relieves anxiety and depression and that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout. I’m not saying it will cure your anxiety, but the effects can diminish the thoughts in your head leading to anxiety for a few hours, and sometimes that’s all you need.
Like all forms of therapy, the effect can vary: Some people may respond positively, others may find it doesn’t improve their mood much, and some may experience only a modest short-term benefit. I say, give yourself twenty to thirty minutes a day to do some sort of moving like walking, hiking jogging and or lifting weights and in about four to six weeks, I bet you feel so much better!Nonetheless, researchers say that the beneficial effects of exercise on physical health are not in dispute, and people should be encouraged to stay physically active.
I will always encourage EVERYONE to stay active. You don’t need to be a beast like me, but start somewhere! On that note, check out this fun sesh!
- 5.8- 1/2 mile
- 5.9- 1/2 mile
**1 mile done**
- 6.0- 1/2 mile
- 6.1- 1/2 mile
**2 miles done**
- 6.3- 1/2 mile
- 6.4- 1/2 mile
**3 miles done!
+ 10 minutes on the Arc Trainer
- Level 10- Resistance 20 -2 minutes
- Level 12- Resistance 25- 2 minutes
- Level 14- Resistance 30- 2 minutes
- Level 16- Resistance 30- 2 minutes
- Level 20- Resistance 30- 2 minutes
+ 10 minutes on the Stair
- Level 7- 2 minutes- every step
- Level 8- 2 minutes-every other step
- Level 9- 2 minutes-every step
- Level 10- 2 minutes- every other step
- Level 12- 2 minutes- every step