In the first part of this series, I talked about how massage therapy have changed my physical state by teaching me about body mechanics using myself as a guinea pig, gave me a solution to address any pain I was experiencing, and how they have become a vital part of my training. However, perhaps the biggest benefit I’ve found is how all of this positively improves my mental state.
No More Feeling Like A Sack Of Potatoes
When my body is working optimally, I am less likely to lay around binge eating, and more likely to be active and choose healthy food options. I’m sure you all can relate in some regard that when you feel great physically, you feel great mentally, too. Our bodies are built to move!
Sure, I am definitely guilty of having a lazy day or two, but I operate more clearly and have more positive days when I am active. In fact, a big reason why I quit my 9-5 was because I recognized that I wasn’t built to sit behind a desk for eight hours per day. No matter how much time I spent of the gym or how many massages I got, the sedentary lifestyle was creating a negative impact on myself physically and mentally. I personally found that as an athlete, a desk wasn’t the best place for me.
Test It Out
I challenge you all to a little experiment. Spend one full day with limited computer and/or couch time and replace that time with something active. This doesn’t have to be a grueling gym session, but could simply mean taking a walking meeting, going on a hike, going to a museum, really anything that you enjoy which will keep you mobile for a good majority of your day. Then, at the end of the day, reflect on how you feel. Take notice on how you feel mentally and physically.
Next, do the same when you are having a less active day. Maybe you are exhausted and all you want to do is have a lazy Saturday on the couch. That’s okay! However, at the end of that day, reflect on how you feel, just like you did for your active day. Take notice on how you feel mentally and physically, then compare.
Share your results in the comments below. I’ve love to hear your thoughts!