We asked 17 Miami Trainers How They Practice Mental Health


Fitness is more than the body, it's also about the mind. Practicing good mental heath is just as important as the training we put our bodies through. We asked 17 Miami trainers, "How do you practice mental health?" Here is what they had to say:Mona McCromick @monalisasayed: I try and laugh everyday. I also make sure that I’m active each day in order to clear my mind, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks.Daryl White @darylannwhite: Lately, I’ve taken up journaling, but with an eight question template so I don’t get overwhelmed with a blank page. Slowing down to take in my wins, lessons and people I’m grateful for on a daily basis has broken up the need for constant hustle without result.Lulu @bodybylulu: A regular exercise routine helps me reduce stress and improve my mental health. I never workout more than half an hour, 3-5 times per week. My go-to HIIT workouts are Rise Nation Miami and B-Force Fitness. They are 30 minute total body high intensity interval training workouts that make you feel great both physically and mentally!Rachel Lee @transitionpilates: Finding a healthy outlet is the best way to deal with overwhelming emotions. Although exercise is a great way to mange emotions and stress it’s not enough alone. We need to exercise our minds just like our body’s. Journaling is my go to. There is something so satisfying about wring down all my emotions, fears, and things I need to do. You get it all out on paper and you can let it go and move on. I practice this everyday and it keeps my mind on point.Nathalia Ferreira@nathalia.ferr: Mental health is different for me everyday, but it mainly consists of moments of mindfulness. To me, mindfulness is essential to living a sane and grounded life. In today's world, it's about centering yourself, giving yourself the time to really feel your emotions and consequently, get to the root of who I am and the life I want to live. I do this everyday by dedicating some time to reading a book and interacting with it by journaling how what I am reading can be applied to my life.Myk Likhov@Myklikes: Take a break from work and external stimuli every day. MEDITATE.Katrina Bilanchone @miamiyogagirl: Morning meditation has been life changing for my mental health. It’s like a mental pick-me-up. I also designate an hour or so of my day to reading. Whether that be poetry or the yoga sutras, just something that will feed my mind peace and clarity. Last but certainly not least, movement. We know that our physiology changes our psychology. This is why I’ve revolved my life around movement, it keeps me sane and balanced.Katie Martinez @_katie.ann: No matter what day it is, no matter when I have to be out of the house, I wake up with enough time to spend at least 30 minutes of chill time. I sit in bed, watch whatever series I’m feeling that day, I calmly drink my coffee, eat my breakfast, and enjoy “me” time before I start my day. This helps me feel less rushed, less anxious, and more at peace with everything I plan to accomplish in the day.Christa DiPaolo @christadipaolo: I habitually start my mornings with positive affirmations and mantra’s. I have them on repeat in my head from the moment I wake up and I say them out loud as well. It’s a great way to start the day, calm my thoughts, keep me on track and more importantly, focus on my goals and well being. What is good for the mind is also good for the body and soul.Rachel Robinson @Rachel_fitness: I practice and preach mental health by working out and teaching my classes. I encourage my students to make positive habits everyday.Gabriella Fioravanti @trainwithgabs22: Doing some type of physical activity helps clear my mind and taking naps with my puppies.Dani Gelley @thirsty4balance: I meditate for 10 minutes every day, first thing in the morning.Sean Casey @seancasey305: By trying to have a positive mindset at all times and challenging myself daily to be better than I was yesterday.Dani Vidal @Dani_vidal: By working on myself and doing the things that make me feel fulfilled - even if all I can accomplish is making my bed in the morning, I am still proud of myself. I get myself to the gym everyday and teach spinning, to surround myself with people who have goals, but doing things for myself really keeps my mental health at its optimum strengthTroy Walker @Troytraining: I take care of a lot of people, so I try to remember to take care of myself too. I Treat myself with kindness and respect the same way I do others, and I avoid self-criticism. I take time out for myself by taking a yoga class or dance class. I also take time to calm my mind by doing relaxation exercises and praying.Jen McDonald @jentaglemcd: Going for my early morning runs. Just me and my thoughts. Going over everything I want to accomplish that day and just being in the moment. Me against my breathing and the pavement!Andy Fortuna @af_move: I work on breath work and meditation. Realize that you are in control of everything in your life from hardships to happiness.Come practice mental health with STAY FIT 305 on October 10th at our next event. We will be meditating as a community for World Mental Health Day. More details and tickets can be found here.

Dani is a Lead Instructor at Echelon Fitness and certified personal trainer from Silver Spring, Maryland. Growing up playing ice hockey, Dani always had a passion for being active. Dani studied psychology in college which led her to her initial career path in cognitive psychology. Dani changed career paths after realizing that her passion truly was in fitness. Dani integrates her knowledge of psychology into her fitness classes believing that our mind is a powerful tool to tap into to achieve health and wellness goals. Connect with Dani on social media @danidellarco.

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