Move Your Body, Everyday.
I wanted to take time today to discuss how important it is for your mental state of mind, to exercise regularly.
Back in February, after the 15.1 Open WOD, I felt a new pain in my left shoulder. After all those TTB and snatches, I knew something was wrong. I had felt a lingering ache in that same shoulder for a few years, but this was different. I decided to take some time off and rested, so NO overhead movements, including presses and anything hanging from the pull-up bar or rings.
For me, this was a total disaster. I wasn’t interested in modifying movements, I wanted to perform the entire workout, as prescribed. I knew I could come in and do squats all day long, or run, or work on core, but my desire to do that wasn’t present. For almost two months, I fell into a mental funk, or some could call it a “situational depression”. What suffered the most was my attitude, and I didn’t feel like being proactive and productive.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins which interact with receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. These chemicals also trigger a positive feeling in that body. Most of us can relate to the euphoric sensation we experience after a run or workout, called the “Runners High”.
Besides these endorphins being released, studies have proven that levels of a neurotransmitter called Serotonin are elevated during exercise. Serotonin is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. Serotonin releasing drugs such as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are actually used in psychopharmacology to elevate levels of the neurotransmitter in patients with mood disorders or that may be depressed. Exercise is a great way to boost those levels naturally, without the need for medication.
I mention these two chemicals manufactured and found in the body, because exercise has been linked to their presence and elevation. I fell into a rut because I was sedentary for those few weeks. I became irritable, anxious, and most importantly I started to lose that mental edge of performance that we all strive for daily.
We’ve all got an opportunity to deliver our best performance every day, whether it be in the Yoga studio, track, office, or gym, so why not take advantage of every chance we get? You don’t have to complete a 40 minute “Murph” every day, or half-marathon, but get your body moving in any way. Work up a sweat, mentally challenge yourself, try a new class or a new movement. The benefits are endless!!
A) For quality load, working up across sets
1 Clean pull + 1 Clean high pull
B) 4 RFQ
16 DB Renegade rows (35/20)
12 Alt. pistols
–1min Rest between rounds–
And Coming Thursday
2 Rounds on the 15:00
Up, over, back, and up