Health and Wellness

You're Looking After Your Body, But Are You Caring For Your Mind?

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Exercise. It’s important. In fact, as you get older, failure here can have serious repercussions. Lack of exercise could cause problems with mobility, weight, and even mental health. When you consider that, it’s easy to see why you need to make time in your life for workouts.

But, let’s say you’ve already taken care of this. You run every day. You get up early to go the gym. Job’s a good’n, right? Perhaps not. It’s also important to note that it’s easy to take this too far the other way. We all know someone who works out to the detriment of other aspects of their health, including their mentality.

While exercise is good for mental health, going too far can hurt your head in a few different ways. As such, it’s important to make sure you take care of your mind as well as your body. To help you do that, we’re going to take a look at a few bad exercise habits you should avoid.

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Waking up TOO early
Time is short, and many of us can only fit exercise into our routines by waking up early. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you ensure you’re still getting enough sleep. What you want to avoid is going to bed at one in the morning, and waking up six hours later to head to the gym. As well as harming mental wellbeing, lack of sleep can cause problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Ironically, many of the issues you’re attempting to avoid. So, if you do get up early, make sure you go to bed at a good time.

Exercising through injury
It’s not unusual to pick up an injury or two during exercise. That’s a natural part of waking up new muscles and abilities. But, many of us make the mistake of exercising through tweaks and niggles. Pushing your body too far could lead to a worse injury. When that happens, you may even require a pain prescription from your doctor. If you continue to exercise even then, there's a risk you'll develop an unhealthy reliance on that medication to fuel your workouts. And, as can be seen from individuals turning to programs like those found at Health Recovery Centre, reliance on even prescribed drugs can do untold damage to wellbeing and health. Listen to what your body’s telling you. If you need to take time off, make sure you do it.

Piling on the pressure
It’s also a mistake to pile on the pressure. This can lead to issues such as stress and anxiety. Neither of which will do you any good. While it’s helpful to have goals, don’t use them as ultimatums. Give yourself forward momentum, but remember that your exercise is beneficial in itself. Those goals shouldn’t become more than markers to work towards. Even if you don’t achieve them, you’re still winning by exercising in the first place. Keep that in mind before you start stressing out about imagined failures!



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