It’s easy to over-estimate how your feelings impact your behaviour while also under-estimating how much your behaviours affect your feelings. We tend to think that things need to be perfect to make a good training day.
The reality couldn’t be more different: training and diet affect your health and wellbeing more than they are affected by it. A good exercise and diet regimen is well-proven to improve mental health in a variety of mood disorders, for example.
Establishing better habits is how improvement occurs in any aspect of life. Just turning up and doing the thing is enough to see benefits – you don’t need to be “crushing” everything. The health benefits occur at a physical and mental level even if you have a session that leaves you feeling weak and tired.
Aside from the physical changes – which include better hormonal and neurotransmitter health – the changes in self-belief are huge. Feeling out of control or struggling with self-worth? Few things combat these negative self-concept problems like achieving something.
The value of training consists in being able to set goals and work to achieve them. This is one of the most empowering experiences in the world, and also models a process for achieving success in other areas of life.
Mental health is complicated but on those days when you feel down, THAT is the perfect time to train. It might not be easy to get the energy together, but you’ll feel much better for it.