Last Saturday I got up and went off to do my early morning Tabata workout. It consists of 20 seconds of maximum effort, followed by 10 seconds of walking. This is repeated 8 times and done for 2 sets.
It wasn’t the exercise that was the problem. The problem was what I did, or should I say didn’t before exercising. What didn’t I do?
Stupidly, the answer was not warm up correctly. I had a half-hearted 5-minute jog. No one else to blame but myself.
A good warm-up gently prepares the body for the work it is about to do. It does this by gradually increasing the heart rate and blood circulation. This loosens the joints and gets the blood flowing to the relevant muscles. This prepares the body and ultimately reduces the chance of injury. Note to self – don’t cut corners!
Wellbeing – Prepare The Mind
If you search the internet you will find plenty of useful warm-up exercises for physical activity. This post isn’t about warming up physically, but ultimately how you can prepare mentally.
If warm-ups reduce the risk of injury in a physical situation, then for me wellbeing is reducing the risk of having poor mental health. Like warming up physically doesn’t stop all injuries, being on top of your wellbeing doesn’t eradicate mental health but surely it increases your chances significantly of having good mental health.
Unfortunately, too many people wait until they hit failure, or worse, rock-bottom before seeking help or making changes. Taking care of your wellbeing ensures you are being proactive and keeps you in the driver’s seat of your life.
Areas Of Wellbeing
Your personal wellbeing is a vast area. There are various elements that make it up, but I believe the key areas to focus upon would be; mindset, exercise, diet, self-confidence & self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, resilience and your energy levels.
Each one of these areas has different tasks you can accomplish and do which will act as your stretching routine.
Rate each one out of 10. How satisfied are you with each of the mentioned above?
By focusing on one area at a time may allow you to see which needs to be topped up or which are doing well. Refer to my Wellbeing Pyramid for more information on each area and how each could benefit you.
Wellbeing won’t cure mental health, but if it is worked upon I truly believe it will have a positive impact and significantly reduce the risk.
This coming week set aside time for you. When you plan your daily tasks, make sure the first tasks you allocate are for you. Do something which will improve the above areas