We covered this topic before, many moons ago, but it's worth revisiting.
We know from experience how busy and stressful life can get. It may sound silly or trivial, but sometimes, all that is required to lift your mood is a wee smile!
When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. Then other neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins come into play too. The endorphins act as a mild pain reliever, whereas the serotonin is an antidepressant.
Some studies also suggest that you can even boost your mood or happiness from a fake smile! So all those times we've forced a laugh or smile at Seamie O'Kane's jokes, we've actually been doing ourselves a solid favour! Who knew, eh!
It also takes more energy to frown, than it does to smile. So if you're lacking some energy coming through the gym doors, turn that frown upside down and conserve your energy for the workout!
Every Saturday our gym is filled with energetic, fun-loving and eager kids and so, we are going to put the spotlight on them over the next while.
First up we have Hunter Keatley!
Hunter joined one of our Summer Camps when he was 4 years old, then joined our Saturday classes straight after, and like his mammy, it's rare that Hunter ever misses a session!
Hunters favourite thing to do at CrossFit is Rope Climbs (he can climb the whole way to the top ) and his least favourite are Burpees but he still does them without complaint!
Keep up the good work Hunter!
Saorla is one of our Senior group who will be moving into our Teens classes in a few weeks. She will be going into Year 8 which she's really looking forward to!
Saorla plays Gaelic Football for Kickhams Creggan and has found that CrossFit has helped her in her position as half forward to get through tackles.
She also loves coming to CrossFit as she had made loads of friends and enjoys the training.
Saorla comes to class with a smile and leaves with a bigger smile, a brilliant girl and athlete!
This yoga squat makes an appearance quite regularly in our warm ups - and there's a few very good reasons for this.
First of all, it's great for opening up the hips whilst simultaneously stretching the groins and glutes. It also helps to build strength and mobility through the feet and ankles. So it makes perfect sense to use it in a gym or training environment to prepare our bodies for certain movements such as the front or back squat.
However, there are more benefits.
This "stretch" is known for it's head to toe positivity.
Whilst it helps to improve the function of your hips, glutes, hamstrings, quads, knees, calves, ankles, feet and lower back. It has been shown to improve digestive function due to the increase of blood circulation in the pelvic area.
And obviously, as it's a yoga pose, with some practice, it can actually help you to relax your mind and your muscles.
It only takes 1-2 mins in this position on a daily basis to see a positive impact on your body.
Give it a go!