We’ve all been there, you know you need to work out but you just aren’t in the mood.
Maybe your day got away from you, your to-do list is too long, you’re just too tired or all you want is to unwind with a glass of wine and working out is the last thing on your mind.
I know you may not want to workout but I’m here to tell you why you should.
We all know working out is good for mind, body and emotions but just how important may elude you.
Brief workouts of just 20 minutes can greatly improve cognition and memory functions.
Exercise increases heart rate, pumping more oxygen to the brain. It also promotes the release of a variety of hormones that add in the growth of brain cells.
Not only will you become more physically flexible but your brain plasticity increases as well. That means brain cells develop new connections at a greater rate, improving the overall function of your brain.
The most common positive outcome of exercising is how your body responds. You tighten and tone while burning calories. Your heart and lung functions improve, especially with a consistent workout routine. Your immune system gets a boost, warding off those common colds and flus.
You’ll immediately feel energized, accomplished and confident after completing a session.
Multiple studies have found that working out wards off anxiety and stress and helps release those pent up emotions that don’t make you feel like your most wonderful self.
One of the most well-known benefits of workout is how uplifting it can be for bad moods or depressive disorders.
Exercise promotes mental health by stabilizing insulin resistance and boosting “feel good” hormones. Your mood elevates when endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters fire off after sweating it out. It seems the best time to workout is when you are feeling anything but fabulous!
You know how exercise benefits your entire being but you’re still struggling to get off the couch and get moving.
Yes, you may not want to workout now but how do you want to feel later? Often we focus only on the present moment and forget the end goal or feeling. Want to feel more confident? Empowered? Lean? Focus on how you want to feel after the workout and use that to get you off the couch and into your workout wear