Move your body

     Moving my body has always involved playing a sport or doing something physical. Completing a challenging activity makes me feel the most alive. Doing things that are difficult gets me excited. There is a lot happening in the body when you move, both physically and mentally. When one exercises, the body releases chemicals called endorphins that reduce your perception of pain. They also trigger a positive feeling in your body, similar to morphine (if you don’t know what morphine is, it’s one of the most powerful drugs ever created). There are so many benefits to moving your body, and it has personally helped me through relationship problems, anxiety, and depression. During this lockdown, trying new physical activities has helped me stay focused and motivated while being at home most of the time. It helps my mind stay alert and sharp for longer periods of time. The advantages have felt endless I advocate to move your body.

                       

the movement I do

     Movement was instilled in me at a very young age. My dad was really into soccer so naturally, my siblings and I started playing soccer as soon as we could walk. Sports were fun to me, but what I really liked about them was the competitiveness. That feeling after a game or practice was irreplaceable, and it felt better than anything else. I played soccer for most of my childhood, but my dad wanted us to be able to protect ourselves. He enrolled all four of my siblings and I into boxing. It was scary when we first started and we obviously had no clue what we were doing. With practice and consistency, we got the hang of it and started sparring against people that were boxing for years. During middle school, our routine after school was boxing, soccer practice, homework, then sleep. We knew what we had to do but some days were harder than others. Throughout middle school, boxing helped me stand up against bullies and believe in myself. It gave me confidence to be my own person and be more outgoing. Sports helped my younger self to figure out who I was, and allowed me to work through my problems instead of running away from them.

      After high school, soccer was over for me so I started looking for other ways to keep in shape. I began training MMA at WAND fight gym in Vegas, and learned jiu-jitsu, muay thai, wrestling and of course boxing for MMA. After my MMA stint, body building was the next step for me! Lifting weights was something we always did because every sport requires strength to improve. Body building was different and I liked the idea of creating my ideal body by lifting weights. Although I enjoyed lifting, it came with negative consequences and I was always riddled with injuries. After a couple of years I made the decision to change the way my training was going. I began to work out like an athlete by doing more cardio based and functional training.  It started with running more, taking yoga classes, stretching for at least an hour everyday, and even swimming. I also included a steel mace and a steel club into my workout routine, and my upper body strength has slowly developed. As of lately, four days out of the week I do Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) to help me with joint specific strength with my coach Amir Zandinejad. It has been three months since starting this routine and so far it has changed my overall mobility in such a big way that. I am able to run longer distances without any pain and ride my bike for 20+ miles every other day without any aches in my legs(check Strava if you don’t believe me). This is the first time I’ve felt really good after a grueling week of working out and FRC has significantly improved my mobility. During this lockdown staying active has really helped me mentally. In the beginning of the lockdown anxiety was really elevated for me. I was worried about money problems and didn’t know what the future would hold anymore because I got temporarily furloughed. During one of my workouts I got an idea of writing about my life and this blog project came to fruition. This lockdown has really made me focus on growing this blog and staying positive throughout it and being active made it easier.What kind of workouts do you do? Leave a comment below!

   

      Moving your body constantly is not an easy path and it can be difficult to start a consistent exercise regimen. With surging gym memberships, outrageous trainer prices, and a scarcity of equipment, it can be even harder to begin the process. Luckily, with Youtube, Instagram, and online training programs, everyone has the ability to start trying new physical activities.  There are other numerous things one can do to start working out like walking, running, and even HIIT workouts with no equipment. Start by making a schedule and starting slow and just keep adding more every week. You’re going to be sore and you’re going to want to quit but you can’t. This can make your mind stronger and possibly even improve your quality of life. Use working out as a tool to build your mind so it can endure hard feats in every aspect of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Consult with your physician before starting a new exercise regimen. I’m not a doctor these are just some things I do that benefit my body personally.

 

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