We could all do with more of #2.
A career ending injury is enough to set anyone off on a dark downward spiral, ending in binge watching telly while balancing chips on your growing belly.
Not Dan Conn. The newest Body Science ambassador played in the NRL for seven years before being forced into retirement due to a neck injury. After that, instead of the keeping the couch company, he helped turn F45 Training into Australia’s fasting growing fitness franchise, before moving onto Collective Wellness Group this year – where he’s spreading his mental health message while managing his own depression. Impressive, right?
These are the health lessons he’s learnt along the way.
Sort out your nutrition
Conn understands that food can be a source of stress for some people.
“I always try and eat as well as I can but I think there’s a trend to make nutrition complicated. Even though it’s not ‘Insta glamourous’, I like to keep things simple and make sure my macros are covered (carb, fat, protein) and my diet is full of antioxidants (found in fruit and veggies mainly.. or blueberries for me as it’s my favourite food at the moment).
I usually have some additional Hydroxyburn Lean 5 on my hard training days as it also contains Dizeyme which is good for gut health.
“Having said that, it’s important to have an individualised approach when it comes to diet. Don’t feel pressured to follow the latest trends and don’t feel obligated to ‘follow the rules’, there is no reason why you can’t use a diet as a guideline and edit it to suit your own needs.
If you’re stuck, get the guidance of a qualified professional.”
Conn reminds us all that a lack of recovery time can lead to injury.
“Take at least one day per week to pull back from intense exercise. Have a rest day, and go for a walk or a swim to get your body moving, but keep it light. I personally also love Body Science compression tights after training. I wear them on recovery days and when I’m really sore, I even wear them to bed.”
Talk about it
Conn recommends a good chat with someone everyday.
“With the rise of the digital world, it can be so easy to get sucked into work (with emails coming to your phone) or living your life through social media, but I find that my medicine is speaking to other people about their mental health issues.
“I also now have a board where I monitor how I am feeling every day both mentally and physically so I can have a guideline of my good and bad days to help me come up with strategies to improve.”
Enjoy the moment
Yep, mindfulness gets Conn’s tick of approval – as does asking yourself this question – what are you grateful for right now?
“Too many of us are always thinking ahead to the next thing we have to do, the next holiday we are going to take, the next item we are going to buy. So many of us focus on the destination and don’t enjoy the actual journey. It’s always good to stop, take a breath and see how good we’ve got it.”
Instead of stressing out about not having time for your mates or family, find human connection in your regular routine.
“Try out a group training class and get your friends to come along. A lot of our members love that fact that they see the same people each day. They may not know everything about them, but it’s nice to see a familiar face and it’s even better to feel like you are part of a community. Plus you are connecting your social time with your health and wellbeing time so it’s a win win.”
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