|My slightly distressed face if I were a bench|
Charles Darwin, one of our great thinkers, the man whose theory of evolution has helped explain our very existence, exercised every day. He famously walked a route in his Kent estate to help mull over his ideas and refocus the mind. It's said that exercise encourages a free flowing thought process and problem solving. This, coupled with the stress releasing effects of post-workout endorphins, all points towards that run, that swim, that set of push-ups being just as good for your mental state as it is physical.
So when it comes to stress – maybe the sale of your house has fallen through (again), perhaps the company you work for has gone into administration and you've lost your job, maybe both of these happened at exactly the same time (yes, I'm that unlucky) – being active is incredibly important in staying positive and focused.
Some people have been surprised that I'm continuing to train whilst most things in my life seem to be falling apart. They see the time I'm training as time I should be working on my CV or talking to solicitors or searching for new buyers. But without the mental release a properly sweaty session offers, I'd probably be sat in a corner in tears rocking forward and back because I can't cope.
Last week I lined up, newly jobless, in front of a daunting Commando Active circuit that included, among other things, 100 burpees! I was pretty sure I couldn't do it but started anyway. It turns out, no matter how many times I said I couldn't, I finished. Tired, shaky but elated. And it made me start to believe I can do other things, too. I just have to start.
So step one of sorting out the chaos in my life is to sweat, a lot.