How to feel good without using the gym

This time of year it is all about a new you, hit the gym, jump on the latest diet blah blah blah. They all have their place and each to their own. There are simple ways to reach happiness and ones that don’t involve any sweat…just a smile.

feeling-goodThis bit straight after New Year is depressing. More holidays are booked in January than at any other time of the year as we cling on to some hope of something to look forward too. The magazines tell us that diets are the way forward and that you working up a sweat in your shiny new gym gear whilst waiting hours to use the treadmill are the key to making us feel good. They are wrong.

First we need to go back to basics and work out what is ‘feel good’. It could be a set of memories that made us smile either recently or in the past. Feel good is achievable in just 20 seconds. Here’s how:

Start The Day With A Laugh

What is one of the first things we do when we wake up? 90% of us will check our smart phones and then Facebook. Be the first to hold your hands up to this as in the social media age it is the only way to keep up with the latest trivia. For me it isn’t about scrolling through the endless statuses about someone’s insomnia, the breakfast selfie but grabbing a sound bite that will set you up for the day.

If you are a fan of comedy then just a 20-30 second clip of your favourite show will be enough to help your day along. Search ‘Only Fools & Horses Reactions‘ – a FB page dedicated to clips from this awesome show. If that doesn’t float your boat check out the lastest sensation Arron Crascall – a man who hits the streets targeting real people and turning every observations into public comedy. Simple quote pages can lift your mood.

Ditch The Coffee

We love coffee. We consume more of this a day than fuel in some parts of the country. It may will be a pick me up first thing in the morning but you’ll feel the negatives halfway through your day. By starting with a pint of water or really good green tea it’ll kick start your metabolism and give you a good few hours head start.

Too much caffeine can in some lead to depression and in some cases cardiac issues if consumed in very high quantities.

Change Radio Stations 

The UK has a love with radio that is not seen anywhere else in the country. The comfort of the same voices and the same songs during the day. But when was the last time you switched over to something else? There are plenty of choices of stations via smart phone apps including that genre of music you thought only tailored to you. Download the Tune In Radio app and explore.

Go To Bed Happy

This is kind of the reverse and full circle to the above. However, soaking up a bit of comedy or reading something that makes you happy will certainly ensure a good start the next day. Have a search at some old CD’s of songs that reflected some amazing times in your life. Call up Youtube, plug in the earphones, turn off the lights and get yourself lost.

Pin. Map. Go. 

Ever found that you have time off and then when it is time to get back to work you really haven’t done anything? Creating new memories in new places can fill us with positivity. Open up Google Maps and have a look at some of the places you have never been too that are within an hour’s walk. Then go there and explore. There is nothing better than falling out of your comfort zone and emptying your busy mind.

Get Cooking

God gave us hands. Use them. There is nothing more satisfying than watching the fruits of your labour created from your own fair hands. Smash a recipe from a cooking book and get creative. Invite your mates around to enjoy with you. As you get older you will love experimenting and throwing things together.

Drive. Just Drive.

Ask yourself, when was the last time you just went for a drive? Fill up the car, get in and go. Exploring new roads and places are fun and racking up many miles of new adventures can become addictive. But knowing you have just conquered a new place on the map and realised this Earth has more to offer than the M27 is a good feeling.

Ben Glover


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