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Use exercise to beat Blue Monday

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

LetsBeLean work out

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If you haven’t heard of it already Blue Monday is said to be the most miserable day of the year. This is due to many factors including dark days, bad weather and of course post-Christmas bills. In 2014 it falls on Monday 20th and to help tackle this down day we spoke to LetsBeLean Head Fitness Coach Harvey Butters to find out how exercise can not only ‘beat the bulge’ but also improve your mood.

Harvey starts by explaining what fitness means to him: “During my time at university I felt tired after waking up at 12.30pm and had no structure, commitment or real purpose. I wasn’t happy in myself, both physically and mentally and went from day to day hoping that something would change.

“Now I’m up at 7am ready to run. We have a hill just outside the house and that’s my first point of call. I run up it five times and walk back down. It really is that simple. Now my life is structured around work, but I never forget about myself. My day is focused around helping others to understand their own body, and empowering myself.”

From here we discuss that exercise has helped turn his life around and that it isn’t just mere coincidence that he feels happy, energetic and focused all the time it. It’s down to endorphins! Some of you may already be aware of this, but the body releases happy hormones, known as endorphins, when you exercise.

“Every time I go outside and run up that hill my body releases these endorphins. They are a natural high, sciences way of saying keep going. Everyone has felt these at some point. Keep doing it and your endorphins will always be there, waiting by the lamppost at that hill.”

To help beat Blue Monday we’ve asked Harvey to share a quick work out with us to get those endorphins rushing! Being a big advocate of circuit training he has chosen to share one which can be done at home in just 30 minutes. Take a look at the image at the top of this page and follow the rules below.

  • Do 30 seconds on each station
  • After every 4 stations have a 2 minutes rest
  • Repeat one full circuit and rest for 3 minutes
  • Repeat the entire process again and that is your 30 minutes

“We run our own circuit classes at Yarnfield Village Hall every Tuesday evening 8pm-9pm, and being part of a group makes it so much harder to stop. Remember nobody else can feel the benefit for you. Trust me the hardest step is the first and the rest just becomes more and more enjoyable. Good luck, and always stay positive. “

For more information or help and advice visit the LetsBeLean website by clicking here or get in touch with them using their contact page.

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