Welcome to Gains and Brains; a blog written by someone who found passion in helping others live a healthy and happy lifestyle. There are so many reasons as to why exercise is important, but I am going to focus in on how fitness effects your mental health.
Before I started seriously working on my fitness goals, I was living an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle. My college apartment had a refrigerator full of beer. My meals consisted of whatever was the only semi-decent food being offered at the student center. I did not care enough to teach myself how to cook or how to make healthy choices. This led me to not only gain some extra weight, but also feel unhappy and insecure. After I graduated, I continued making these same unhealthy choices even at home. I entered a job that was extremely stressful to the point where my anxiety caused me to barely eat. I was so irritable, moody, sad, anxious, angry all the time. I finally decided I had enough and it was time to start taking care of myself. I also luckily found a new job (in the mental health field woo-hoo!) which was a major help.
After losing about 15 lbs from stress, I decided I wanted to gain some weight back, but in muscle. My older brother had always been a gym-goer so he was the first person I went to for advice. He explained to me how to split up my work outs into separate muscle groups and gave me the healthy meal plan that he was following. We headed to the gym on back and bicep day and that was the exact day my life started to change for the better!
I decided to go into the mental health field because I have a passion for helping people. What I came to realize, though, was that you cannot help other people when you do not know how to take care of yourself. I love the quote “You cannot pour from an empty glass.” It really makes so much sense.
Throughout this journey I have learned that I can truly help other people achieve their brain goals with their gain goals 🙂 (I’m corny)