4 reasons to exercise every day
Let’s face it: one of your New Year resolutions probably was about going to the gym and exercise every day. You may even have bought brand new Lulu Lemon slim-fits and renewed your gym membership. Perfect start, girlfriend. There is one little thing that remains to be done – keep that resolution alive.
1. Not resolution but lifestyle
Ladies, do you realize that only 8% of those who made a New Year resolution successfully achieve it? There are many reasons behind that failure and one of them is setting unattainable goals.
Solution: Make it part of your life. Your goal is to be fit, strong and healthy. ALWAYS. The easiest way to make it happen is to integrate exercising in your daily routine. Think about your teeth hygiene – you just brush your teeth every day and probably do it without alarms IPhone reminders. You can do the same approach with working out: do something active every day. Everything counts – 30 minutes of walking, 20 squats while watching the news, 10 minutes of yoga before going to sleep.
2. Exercising is the best antidepressant
Working out is not only beneficial to your body but it also improves your mood and helps you cope with stress. Fitness makes your brain release the “happy” hormones: endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, etc. Than why don’t we become addicted to exercising after we try it once? The answer lies in the energy we invest in order to get this “athlete high”. You may feel tired and realize that your brain releases the same “happy” hormones while eating pizza in front of the TV. It doesn’t require any energy investment from you and yet brings you pleasure. In addition, each day you stay on the couch instead of exercising, makes it more difficult to find the right amount of motivation to resume exercising again. So how to break this vicious circle and maintain the work out routine permanent as well as the “happy hormones” level?
Solution: Don’t stop exercising longer than 2 days in a row NO MATTER WHAT. Do you feel tired? Do you feel sick? Do you feel weak? Are you extremely busy? Let yourself to rest, but after 2 days find time and go jogging, walking or swimming. The longer you stay inactive, the more difficult it will be for you to get back on track physically and emotionally.
3. Muscle memory is your best friend, but you need to cherish this friendship. There are sometimes objective reasons we are unable to exercise (vacations, holidays, pregnancies, broken bones, broken hearts, etc.). Your body needs rest as well as it needs nutrition and exercise. And you can train your muscles the way that even after a long pause you can get back in shape faster.
Solution: Just be active and build up your muscle’s memory. You will be amazed how fast you will be back in shape after vacations. The more consistent you are in the exercising, the better is your muscle memory.
4. Exercise becomes more exciting when you enjoy it
Doing something you don’t love is boring and tiring. Even when you are extremely motivated, you will consciously or unconsciously find excuses to stop that activity.
Solution: do something you REALLY enjoy. Do it in the company you enjoy. Make sure that you do the activity you don’t have to force yourself to do. Fall in love with your work out routine, try new things, and meet new people. Think about sports that give you more than strong muscles and become your passion and a source of energy.
Author: Oksana Freedman