Hidden Benefits to Working Out & Eating Well
It’s been just over 6 weeks now where I’ve gotten really serious about my health goals. Not only have I experienced the obvious benefits, I’ve also discovered some hidden benefits that I must share with you!
First off, I’d just like to clarify that when I say `serious about my health goals,’ I don’t mean that I made it like “work” or another responsibility in my life. I mean that I’ve just been doing what I need to do to improve my current situation while making it fun to be physical and choosing tasty, healthy foods.
If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know a bit about what I’ve been doing in my health pursuits, including working with one of G Force’s home trainers, James. (Read My G Force Training Adventure Part 1 and Part 2.)
To-date, I’ve lost 17.5 pounds, 4 inches off my hips, 3 inches off my waist and over 5% body fat. These are amazing results, especially for such a short time!
But what I’m most excited about are the hidden benefits I’ve attained:
- Strong Body = Strong Mind. Since working out regularly with James, joining a Dojo (getting martial arts training) and committing to more physical activity in my life, my body is getting stronger. Yes, it’s great to have a leaner physique, but what’s even better is that it’s also strengthening my discipline. This is overflowing into my work life – tasks that were at one time a chore aren’t an issue any more. I just do them, make them as fun as possible and then they’re done! Also the degree of difficulty for some tasks have all of a sudden become easier. Work just seems to flow almost effortlessly!
- Strong Mind = Strong Heart. Something else I’ve been noticing is my increased ability to control my emotions. If you read my personal healthy living blog, you’ll know that I recently experienced a Spiritual-Kick-In-the-Ass which has resulted in HUGE life changes. I’m dealing with all kinds of emotions and yet I’m getting better at expressing them to others in a respectful manner, releasing negative emotions in constructive ways (exercise and meditation being the major methods) and transforming them into positive emotions, allowing me to look on the bright side of any life challenge. I’m managing my emotions and really feel my healthy lifestyle is part of the reason!
- Eating Less & More Cleanly. I’ve cut out all the junk food, except for the very odd french fry and gravy (but only in the last two weeks), and limited the alcohol to only a glass of wine or beer a week, sometimes not even. Because of this clean(er) diet, I’ve felt lighter in body and mind – I’ll even go so far as to say I feel more connected to the Universe and with others (that is, knowing the real reasons behind their words and actions, and having more compassion), tapping into my intuition more often and feeling greater clarity of mind.
These are the 3 hidden benefits to a healthy, balanced lifestyle that I’ve been reminded of over the last month and a half (I say `reminded of’ because I did experience them a few years ago when I first climbed on the health wagon).
As a sideline to this post, I wanted to share with you a hidden benefit of having a personal trainer. In last week’s session with James, I was doing the plank and he was timing me. I quit when I could no longer hold the pose with proper form. James told me I held it for 1:25 minutes!
This is a personal best and I would not have done it without James; you see on my own, I set my timer for 1 minute and stop when the timer goes. I’ve been holding myself back with self-limiting beliefs and would not have discovered that I’m actually stronger than I thought I was if I was doing it solo!
(And you know, you only get stronger when you push the limits.)
Have you found any hidden benefits to working out and eating well? Please share them in the comments below so we can all benefit from your discovery!