For the past 10 days, I have been doing burpees. On purpose. I know that sounds like lunacy, since as we all know (and as the title suggests) burpees are the actual devil. Forget the benefits of burpees for a sec. They suck.
For those that have never done a burpee, or don’t know what they are, let me enlighten you… Imagine feeling compelled to flop face first onto the ground and having the core strength to jerk back up, and jump in the air. Sounds like something no one would enjoy, right?
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This past fall I signed up for my first Spartan race. 3-5 miles, 20-23 obstacles, mud, and BURPEES. I found that out after I had already given Mr. Spartan my husband’s hard earned dollars. Apparently, if you skip an obstacle or cannot complete it, you have to do 30 burpees.
I LOVE fitness. I love working out. Cardio, strength training, you name it… There is one exercise I simply cannot abide by. Guess what it is? Burpees!
But in the spirit of being prepared for the race, I decided to do my due diligence in 2019, so I started 3 different 30 day fitness challenges. I wanted to share them here in case, they help anyone in their fitness goals. I am on Day 10, and MAN. ALIVE. But it will feel good to complete them.
The benefits of fitness
If you are living with mental illness, you need to exercise. That’s a fact.
Yes, I know. You are ill. It’s hard. Some days, you can’t get out of bed.
Listen, guys. I am ill too. There are days when the last damn thing I want to do is exercise.
You need to do it though. Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that are going to really help compensate for your lack of proper neurotransmitters. Here are all the benefits you need to be aware of:
- Pumps your brain full of dopamine and serotonin
- Gives you a goal to work toward
- Boosts your self esteem
- Gives you a reason to leave the house
- Makes you feel better physically
Do it anyway
Like I said, when you are depressed, it is so hard to find the motivation to exercise sometimes. But you need to try.
Start slow. Make it a goal to get out of bed, and walk around the house for 10 minutes. Work your way up to leaving the house and walking around the block, and go from there.
It will get easier with time. Pick an exercise you actually enjoy, and you will find that as the weeks pass, you look forward to your workouts.
The benefits of burpees
Burpees are the actual worst, but do you know what I took away from this little experiment?
I am tougher than I thought.
The sweat felt good!
I can do anything I put my mind to.
But that’s the key: putting your mind to it.
It doesn’t have to be burpees, but try and step outside of your comfort zone. I promise, you will have a whole new respect for how your body works. And how awesome you are!
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Check them out, then comment below and tell me:
- Where are you reading from?
- Who is going to join me in these challenges?
- What is your favorite physical activity?
- Name your LEAST favorite physical activity?
- What are your fitness goals from 2019? (Remember from my first post , make them SMART goals!)
Happy exercising! Did I miss any benefits of burpees? Answer these questions in the comments, and let’s connect. I am always looking for more workout accountability.
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