I’m on Day 22 of my 100-Day Workout Challenge and it took a lot this morning to drag myself to my happy place for a spot of Les Mills Body Combat.
That’s because I woke up in a great mood, the sun was shining and little C had gone off to nursery like butter wouldn’t melt … I was without a challenge to fuel my emotions!
You see I have found over the years that I get a better kick out of my work-out when I have the urge to punch something.
Body Combat has been my exercise class of choice for two decades (on and off) and it has helped me have fun, stay strong and retain a PMA.
When mum died at 65, the day before starting my new job, it was the hardest blow I’ve ever been dealt. First came the flowers, the cards, the well-wishers, the tears flowed, the tantrums, then numbness followed by a period of weakness.
As a word person, I started to over-think things. I stopped my blog, I threw myself into work and channeled all the strength I could muster into that. It quickly became my lifeline, but because I’d stepped away from #myhappyplanner it became a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs as emotions bubbled to the surface without warning.
There’s no easy way to say it, the past year has been bloody hard. I’ve just learned to roll with the punches. I have begun exercising for my mental health as much as my physical health and there’s nothing quite like pummelling an imaginary opponent.
Now I’m at a stage in my life where my brain is ONLY releasing happiness-making endorphins. My exercise regime has been a real cerebral get-away from ‘stuff’ even if my Achilles’ tendons are now going through hell.
While there are clearly more civilised ways of giving your heart a workout – nothing compares to my stress-busting obsession which has been pumped by Scooter, AC/DC and Alice Cooper over the past decade.
I can give a mean right hook and throw some wicked punches thanks to a bucket-load of pent up aggression – which sometimes scares me 😱 It has also helped me fend off a few assassins – which is very satisfactory.
If you’re going through a tough time, my advice is give it some welly! It has been my weapon of choice and a win-win for me.
Gail Allott, Danny McDougall, Nichola Burns, Caroline South and Jennie Burdett – this post is for you guys and David Lloyd Gyms.
Thank you for helping me on my fitness and mental health journey! #penmightierthanthesword