Monday, October 14, 2019

Neighbours star’s running tips for reducing anxiety and stress


Tim Robards is no sloth. Even while swanning about Europe, the accredited chiropractor and founder of The Robards Method, had time to create a bespoke training programme for guests of the Westin Hotel Melbourne (which by the way is the exclusive hotel partner) for the upcoming Melbourne Marathon, on October 13th.

In between swilling Champagne on his 37th birthday and sunning himself in Morocco, our very first Bachelor was kind enough to share how running affects his mental wellbeing, which is timely given World Mental Health Day is on the horizon.

Tim has spoken to bodyandsoul before about how exercise is his go-to for dealing with stress, but that’s doubling true for hitting him when it comes to hitting the pavement. Whether you’re just trying to enjoy going for a run around the block, or you’re deep in training for a full marathon, his perspective on how running can instantly nix anxiety and shift your mindset applies to everyone.

b+s: How does it fit in with your regular fitness routine?

TR: I grew up playing different sports where you don’t exactly intend on running or love it, you just do it to get to the ball! Although in an effort to get there faster I needed to lay down some regular km’s. I fell in love with running training for the ball sports I was playing, but fell even more in love with it when I realised it was a great way to see new cities whilst travelling, and helped me find balance in life when I needed it.

Tell us how you feel…before a run?

More often than not, I’m not super pumped if I know I have a mission of a run ahead of me… or if my joints are aching, but most of the time it sorts itself out.

…during a run?

Sometimes I’m just hurting and puffing and uncomfortable for a while, but then I usually break through into a rhythm where I feel like I’m on top of the world; feeling stress-free, happy, strong, confident and positive about life.

…after a run?

After I feel a great sense of achievement, especially if it took a lot of will power to even start. I feel less stressed and any anxiety is relieved. I feel grateful that I even have the ability to run and usually feel a great sense of balance, especially if I’m going to treat myself afterwards. It is the pushing yourself through pain and discomfort, and coming out the other end, feeling better for it and knowing that you trusted in the process.

Tell us about the famed ‘runner’s high’?

For me it’s a feeling of balance, a loss of negative emotions and anxieties, an increase in serotonin and positive feelings along with a great sense of achievement, pride and self-love.

How do you mentally prepare for a big running race?

With my line of work as a Sports Chiropractor I’m usually the one looking after the marathon runners so I give the same advice to them as I use myself, that is to first ‘do the work’ so that you can go in with confidence knowing you are prepared.

  1. Get yourself a training program, similar to what I have done with Westin Hotels & Resorts for its Marriott Bonvoy members.
  2. When you are prepared you have a game plan of the day, an idea of your pace, water, gels etc. However, you need to be adaptive as not everything goes to plan. It’s a little like acting… you do all the work and preparation leading up and then you kind of leave it at the door and be prepared to adapt what you’ve learnt to the new terrain, the weather, the people and any injuries that may occur on the day.
  3. Lose your expectations… and adapt to your surroundings on the day the best you can!

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