FEELING GREAT: Spice up your life

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SOMEWHERE in between health and fitness, there’s surely a bridge to happiness is that people are trying to cross.

Although you may never have thought about it that way, the two unquestionably go hand in hand. After all, surely the ultimate goal of keeping fit is to add something to a person’s level of happiness?

The more research that I do on health and fitness, the more references to happiness that I’m finding. And there are lessons in being unhappy in life, that can be taken across to your attempt to stay active and healthy.

The reality of most people’s unhappiness is that it stems from boredom. Think about that job that you disliked, or perhaps the job you’rE currently disliking everyday.

It’s likely because the role lacks novelty or opportunities to do new things. The excitement of what was once a job you enjoyed, even loved, has now vanished. Yet the job and its requirements remain the same. In essence, nothings changed.

And that’s the problem. One of the many misconceptions of trying to be happy is that a person will seek to control their lives, never shifting from what they know works, in an attempt to stay as happy as they currently are.

So much so that even for something as “safe” as a fitness routine a person often finds it difficult to deviate to something new, despite the fact the unfamiliar and the unexpected are huge sources of happiness.

I forever talk to my patients, and will write in this column to you, about the need to vary the fitness stuff that you do.

Picture yourself in a dance studio with males and females, aged from 4-75, moving with music to steps based on the forms of letters and numbers. That’s Bokwa.

And with Bokwa, there’s none of the traditional counting of steps though, you’re free to feel the music and move with the beat of the rest of the people in the studio with you. And the beauty of Bokwa, apart from burning a typical 1,200 calories per work out, is that you don’t need to have any form of coordination or dance skills for it to work for you.

Amy Richardson’s new dance studio on Whitby Street South in Hartlepool is attracting more than 60 people per session wanting to keep fit without the monotony of just doing something like going for a run. And its great for improving things like balance, coordination and cardio-vascular fitness.

If you’re over 40, it’s particularly important to be aware of the need to try something new.

Your 20s and 30s are the years of your life that you’re likely to find out more things about yourself than at any other time. But for some reason when a person hits 40, that inquisitive nature you once had begins to be suppressed.

Adopt this sort of approach to trying something new in your working day as well, and you might find that you’ll be as eager for Monday mornings as you currently are for Friday afternoons.