What I learnt this week… exercise the body and mind

To be honest, the past week was a bit unusual for me. I’d gotten so used to being insanely busy that when things slowed down, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

I’ve realised that I need to be really busy and under pressure to perform well. I easily start feeling sluggish and lazy when things aren’t crazy busy. For a while, it’s good to slow down, take a deep breath and get to some of the tasks at the bottom of the to-do list, but I soon get bored.

Exercise is good not only for the body

Over the past few weeks, I suffered from lower back pain (to be honest, it’s my fault), but I wasn’t willing to give up my bootcamp routine. I needed to adjust my workouts, avoid certain movements and add extra stretching and yoga into the mix to survive, but I powered through.

I was talking with a friend about reasons why I love going to bootcamps and how it makes me feel. The biggest realisation was that high-intensity training isn’t beneficial only for physical health, but also for my mental health.

Doing cardio workouts puts a lot of pressure on the heart and increases heart rate through the roof, my body is forced to get used to it. That means that when I’m stressed my brain isn’t paralyzed by the physical reaction because it’s more normal. It’s getting easier to deal with stressful situations and easier to go out of my comfort zone.

Book Corner

I really struggled to choose a book recommendation for this week as I haven’t had the time to read anything lately. I keep listening to my favourite podcast on the go, but I can’t find the time to just grab a book and spend an hour or so seriously reading.

It’s ironic given that I had a ‘lazy week’, so I should have had the time to read. Anyway, I’ve decided to go back to my all time favourite book #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk. This is one of the first ‘business’ books I ever read and I keep coming back to it.

“Stop focusing on dumb shit. Don’t be afraid to break things. Don’t be romantic. Don’t take the time to breathe. Don’t aim for perfect. And whatever you do, keep moving. Reread this a few times . . .”

Also, I think that this quote is really relevant. Especially in 2017 when almost everyone puts tons of content out there that often falls through.

“Put out quality content every day and engage around it.”

Do you have a life goal? What’s your purpose? What do you want to achieve? That’s a lot of deep questions, but I’d love to hear your answers!