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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

Mental health: 3 exercises for a fit mind

Master these moves for a tough mind

brunch Updated: Apr 21, 2019 00:04 IST
Kamal Singh CSCS
Kamal Singh CSCS
Hindustan Times
Include burpees, breathing squats and barbell curls in your workout for a healthier mind
Include burpees, breathing squats and barbell curls in your workout for a healthier mind (Shutterstock)

Mental health refers to an overall sense of well-being, which includes emotional, psychological and social wellness. Stress and long-term exposure to it plays a crucial role in mental health. Exercise has a positive impact as endorphins, the feel-good hormones, are released after a good workout.

An exercise programme, diligently followed, ups the ability to tackle the world.

If you can motivate yourself to stick to a routine, while nothing else seems to be going right, you end up stronger not only physically but mentally too! The following are three exercises, which will test and then forge mental toughness:


Burpees ( Shutterstock )

Do 15 burpees on the minute, every minute for 10 minutes. This workout builds cardio-vascular fitness, burns fat and makes you mentally tough as you grind through the 10 minutes while all you want to do is quit.

Breathing squats

Breathing squats
Breathing squats ( Shutterstock )

This style of squats has put more muscle on men and women than any other type of workout. You pick a weight which you can squat 10 times with, then proceed to squat with it 20 times. Stopping and taking rest is allowed but the bar cannot be taken off the shoulders. Gain muscle and become mentally tough, what’s not to like?

Barbell curls

Barbell curls
Barbell curls ( Shutterstock )

Everybody wants big arms but most use too much weight to try and build their biceps. My method is simple but the trainee has to battle through extreme burn and cramping muscles. Men use an Olympic bar, women use a 15 kg bar. Now do 100 reps without stopping!­

Kamal Singh is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has been coaching for 15 years

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From HT Brunch, April 21 , 2019

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