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Mental Health Through Physical Training

Building a routine for working out is tough, especially if you aren’t used to it. Returning to exercising after years of being lax with yourself is hard. You’re your own disciplinarian, and you’re bound to let yourself get away with skipping your workout, or indulging in comfort food. We all need a little help starting out.

In my own experience, not everybody necessarily needs to work out in a community to keep themselves both challenged and on track. Some people are just born with the gift of self-motivation and they can commit themselves entirely to the task and achieve it, no outside help needed. I am not one of those people – that is to say, I wasn’t, until I used exercise to develop that skillset. While everyone doesn’t need a community like I did, I believe everyone does need access to a gym. The equipment is important, but so is the act of setting aside a time and space that’s sacred – it’s just for your health. Working at my home gym has always seemed like something I can put off until “later” and, of course, later never comes. Forcing myself to go out, and having my trainers and friends hold me accountable when I don’t show up, has been a great motivator. This is especially true in the sense that, when you’re starting out, it can be hard to find your own well of self-generating willpower and motivation. The good news is that is one of the many mental health rewards that regular, structured and dedicated exercise routines will give you.

The gyms Miami has to offer are many. Boot camp style Miami workouts are some of the most exciting and intensive things you can put your body through when you’re getting into the game, but it can be very rewarding to achieve success in such an immediately challenging environment. It’s always good to start somewhere comfortable but aim for a more daunting goal. Walking every day was easy for me starting out, for example, but the kickboxing class scared me but I tried it anyway. It ended up not being my thing, but the act of attending a group training Miami class in kickboxing gave me courage. It was part of me learning my fitness interests and boundaries.

Every challenge gives us something we can learn from. In the world of physical fitness, this is especially true. The mental discipline you can develop carries into every other area of your life. I never thought about exercise that way before until I began to commit my life to it. It’s a constant realization that we are capable of achieving more than we ever thought – that we’re stronger, smarter, and more powerful than we could have imagined. The discoveries you make during your workout journey and the confidence and self-possession it fosters are invaluable. There’s a reason why successful people – whether they are sports professionals, artists, business professionals, etc. – swear by routine workouts. There’s just something there that opens us up creatively and intellectually while we train our bodies.