Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. Minor in Health Promotions. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader.
How do you define your own health?
Staying in shape not only means physically but mentally as well. Mental shape is just as important as physical. When you are engaged in physical activity, you are physically releasing stress. Mentally, your mind becomes more clear, and endorphins (the body’s feel-good hormones) are released, which can make problems seem more manageable. Mentally prepare your day with an open mindset. Deep breaths and positive thoughts. Aim to enter into all situations with optimism. A positive mindset means a more positive outlook on life, so you are likely to experience a more positive day. Stress levels will lower, and anxiety will be at bay.
I like to decompress and clear my mind as soon as my day starts. A positive attitude toward others and yourself goes a long way. I aim to get 30 minutes of cardio in a day. Walking, bike riding, or even dancing. Dancing is a great mental and physical release. Mentally, you are challenging yourself to memorize choreography. Your brain sends signals to other parts of your body, which in turn, keeps up with the sequence and counts to the music. I challenge you to find your release and shape up in 2021! It may be roller skating, hide and seek with your family in the house, a gym workout, or just parking far away from the grocery store to get those extra steps in. Challenge yourself this year to get an average of 10,000 steps a day. Challenge yourself to burn at least 500 calories a workout.
Make this 2021 year a fresh start to a positive outlook on your life. Begin every day with deep breathing. Release your tension by incorporating cardio and weights into your daily routine. Stretch and meditate to release stress and tension.