‘A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed‘ – it’s brain function. A good article…but I think it is often discussed! It’s certainly something we talk about a lot in the online gym I’m a member of. Julia B draws people in with the promise of fat loss (and free workouts!), then hits them with loads of other benefits including improved mood and ability to focus.
My recent round of one of her programmes, Forge, hasn’t seen me lose much fat at all (I’ve gained it, if anything). This is down to several factors including medication, but I’m not stressing it because I still have all those other benefits. Digging trenches last week showed me how strong and fit I am, and I feel better about everything when I work out, even if it’s only 3-4 times a week with the current crazy building/working schedule.
Llyn Brianne is a stunning place, simply stunning. (Also bitterly cold and windy!) We walked around the RSPB reserve which is also beautiful. The icy cold, clear air and peacefulness was just perfect.
Christmas and New Year has left me exhausted from lots of work and too much food, so it’s time to get myself moving again! I was hit by a horrible week of vertigo – everything spinning when I moved or even just lay down, all due to some ‘bits’ floating in the wrong part of my ear canals. The Epley manoeuvre, a strange sort of kata, has pretty much sorted it out though, so I have no excuse but to get back to training with Julia and eating properly (impossible when on double shifts or dizzy).
But I really want to get back to full fitness and enjoying my running, surfing and yoga too. So I am simplifying life to reduce stress a bit – no classes, no timetables apart from work shifts, giving myself more time to think about writing, training, surfing…