Have you ever been to the gym and got such a good work out in that when you were done you felt like a new person? Remember that feel-good feeling that made you want to keep going back?
Sadly, those emotions are short lived for most.
By the time the next day rolls around, you’re already developing that discouraging self-chatter in your head making all kinds of excuses as to why not to go back. Then go on to put it off for the next day, then the next day after that, and so on, only to find yourself falling in the comfortable stage of just chillin’ on the couch and watching TV.
As time passes, everything other than exercise takes priority, even those of least importance. How quickly that feel-good feeling is laid to rest.
Until one day you eat something that makes you feel like you’ve gained 20 pounds (this is usually after an accumulation of fatty foods across time, but this one just brings you to your tipping point) or you realize that your favorite outfit no longer fits like it used to.
What happens next?
You are back at the gym again but this time maybe for more than one day with potentially day two making its way around and possibly day three. Just enough to make you feel better about yourself only to go back to repeating the same old toxic habits.
I know because I used to be that way. It’s what happens when you let life get the best of you and you let your mind fill up with all kinds of excuses. If this is you, then you know that exercising has a way of bringing the best feeling emotions out of you while making you feel like you are on top of the world which is why when you find yourself feeling unhealthy, you want to get started again and why so many always want to start exercising or join a gym come the New Year.
Why is that?
Because when you exercise, positive changes begin to take place…
Your confidence levels rise
Your self-esteem increases
You see yourself and your body in a different light
Your energy levels skyrocket
You have a more positive outlook on life
And so much more…
You see, when you exercise, your body is affected by certain chemicals and hormones like dopamine and serotonin. These are chemicals that are released in the body during exercise. These chemicals play a role at inducing a positive mood and produces that feel-good feeling of overall vitality and well-being all while reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and minimizing the effects of stress.
Engaging in a daily exercise regimen is one of the easiest ways to boost self-confidence and create a lasting, positive impact on your health and overall well-being.
It’s never too late to get started, you just have to find what motivates you and get moving. Exercise classes and studio type classes are huge motivators for me. There are all kinds out there that incorporate both weight training and cardio. You just have to find the one that works for you.
As Nike would say, just do it and stick with it because once you do, you’ll have that feel-good feeling all the time, you won’t want to look back!
What is it that motivates you to workout? Post it in the comments below!
Until the next one.
Love and optimal health,