Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Study after study shows the benefits it can have. Not only does regular exercise help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of developing diseases, it can help prevent and treat mental health problems. It can boost your well-being and mood, and is a great way to unwind from the stresses of life. Personal Trainer turned Permanent Recruiter – Joshua Ali shares his experiences with fitness and how it’s helped his outlook and mental well-being.
As the whole office knows, you’re a big fitness fan and even hosted virtual ‘Gym with Josh’ classes to get the team together and moving, we all felt the benefits of it. What are your standout benefits of exercising?
“It’s mental and physical. It really helps to improve my mentality. I like to workout in the morning, I find it has a big impact on my outlook for the day, I’m much more positive. If I have lower energy, I always feel 100 times better after working out. It also gives me self-confidence knowing I’m working on myself each day.”
As the gyms closed, you started to look at ways you could achieve these results at home still. What did you do?
“It’s allowed me to get into running again, I made the most of the time we were allowed outside to explore the local area and improve my running. At home I focused on yoga and meditation, something I hadn’t had the chance to do before.”
You’ve also supported your friends through virtual classes using your experience as a Personal Trainer, tell us about that.
“Personal training and fitness is my passion, I wanted to keep my friends busy and help them stay connected, I showed them workouts and ways to adapt to their current situation.”
We know it’s never too late to start working on yourself, what advice would you give?
“Everyone has to start somewhere, you’re already improving by getting up and going for it. Our own worst enemy is our mind, by learning to control our mindset by using positive affirmations such as ‘I can do this’ will give you the extra help if you’re needing a little push.”
You’re a positive and upbeat person and constantly motivate the team in the office, how did you find the change from being around people to lockdown?
“Like many people, I did struggle. I’ve never really struggled with mental health before, but during lockdown I did have low points.
It’s also given me time to focus on myself and goals. The past few months has given us a chance to evaluate what’s important, it’s easy to get wrapped up in day to day life and forget about the smaller things that make a big difference, I’ve reconnected with friends I haven’t spoken to in a while and appreciate my family life even more.”
I’m sure many people can relate to your experience in lockdown, when you had a low point, what did you do to overcome it?
“I’m a positive person, so when I identified a negative thought, I made an action plan of how I could turn it into a positive. I also kept myself busy, I set myself a daily rota with alarms to get the most out of my day, whether it was going for a walk, run, practising yoga, or reading a book.”
What advice would you give to someone that is looking to use more positive ways of thinking?
“Sit down and make a list of 5 things you wanted to get into but never had the time, mine were mediation, yoga, running and weight training. Give yourself a challenge to get better each day and self-analyse on what areas you can improve on – this really helped me to adapt to the changes that were happening around us.”
And finally, what are your words to live by?
“Be positive, be bold, be you.”
Like fitness, Joshua has plenty of experience in Recruitment. If you’d like his support with your Permanent Recruitment needs, you can contact him directly on email@example.com – he may also provide fitness advice if you ask too!