10 Reasons to Work Out
1. It boosts your mood tremendously.
Anytime I’m down or anxious and I exercise it makes my mood go from a 2 to a 15. Even if it doesn’t last long, it’s amazing to have that little bit of relief.
This doesn’t work perfectly every time, but it does help. I’m at my happiest when I’m blasting music and going on a bike ride. It’s my time to think and rock out while enjoying nature and getting some exercise done.
2. You’ll have more energy
This is one of my favorite parts of exercise. Even if my muscles are screaming at the end of a workout, I’m more energized then if I drank 3 cups of coffee. It’s my afternoon pick-me-up. I love it so much.
3. You’ll sleep better
At least, in theory, you will… Some nights this works for me. And, some nights I’m still up till 2 am contemplating life and planning my future and dreaming up business ideas… Usually, I get tired earlier if I workout during the day. But, recently, not so much.
4. It makes it easier to eat healthier
This one is really helpful for me. If I’m exercising regularly, I’m more likely to think critically about what I’m eating and what it’s doing to my body. And, what it will take to work off what I’m eating…
That being said, I do still treat myself. For example, I had a cupcake last night… But, I try to eat junk food in moderation and find healthier alternatives for junk food.
5. It boosts your confidence
Even if I’m not seeing much of a change in my physical appearance, the feeling of pushing my body as hard as I can and knowing that I’m working on myself really boosts my confidence. And, when the physical changes start to become obvious, it boosts that confidence even more!
6. It boosts your Mental Health
I’ve noticed that the times when I’m not exercising are when I’m at my worst mentally. I have more depressive episodes (Disclaimer: I do not believe that I have depression like everyone else I do have times where I get depressed and down, but it’s not like actual depression. There is a big difference between being a little depressed occasionally and having actual depression.) I have a lot more anxiety. It’s harder to deal with anxiety symptoms. I have less confidence. I have less energy. I’m just an utter mess. But, whenever I’m exercising regularly, it’s like I’m on top of the world. I feel like I can do anything. It’s absolutely amazing!
7. It inspires you to be more creative
I think a lot when I’m doing cardio (I may or may not have full on conversations with myself while I’m on walks…) And, this leads to lots of really creative thinking and planning. I inspire myself to make more stuff when I’m exercising. It’s really cool. Especially when I’m exercising outside. It’s like I see all of nature differently. Everything is inspiring me. I want to draw everything and capture these memories forever!
8. Improves concentration
I don’t know about you, but I get distracted so freaking easily it’s comical. I get distracted by my own thoughts sometimes. As in, I’ll be thinking about something deeply and logically, and suddenly, my brain is like, ‘Remember this idea you had 2 years ago? Let’s think about it again.’ It’s pretty entertaining. I’m like the dogs from Up. This gets really bad if I have a lot of energy and I’m trying to sit still… I can’t focus at all. But, exercising helps me expel this extra energy and refocus my thoughts and I can concentrate so much better.
9. It improves your endurance
Both physical and mental endurance. I love pushing myself physically and mentally. So much of exercise is a mental battle. I’ve noticed that I can physically do more exercise then I think I can do. When I’m riding my bike, I usually go 5 miles, but my legs usually are tired and sore after like 2 miles.I’m learning to keep going and push myself to go even farther!
It’s so rewarding when you push yourself to your limits and then go beyond those limits.
10 It boosts your immune system
I firmly believe that one of the reasons I don’t really get sick is because I exercise regularly. My whole family will come down with a cold or something, but I rarely catch it. And, it’s amazing!
Probably not leaving the house much helps too… But, it’s definitely more because of the exercise…
My Top 10 Tips for Incorporating Exercise Into Your Daily Routine
1. Have Goals
Try to not make them physical goals – like getting abs or losing 20 lbs. These give you an unhealthy mental state and thinking about exercise.
Make endurance goals instead! They make you feel a lot better and you’re motivating yourself to be better not just look better.
I really want to be able to ride a bike for 20 miles without stopping. I’m already 1/4 of the way there! I also would love to be able to do hand stands and pull-ups too! What are your endurance goals?
2. Just Start
Even if you don’t want to exercise. Try to do 10 minutes of a workout. And, if you feel like doing more after that, then great! Do more. If you don’t, at least you got 10 minutes of exercise in.
The hardest part of anything is the first step. Once you do that, everything else is easier.
3. Take Progress Pictures
When you’re exercising and trying to get fit, the scale isn’t the best way to gauge how well it’s working. Instead, take progress pictures and see how your body is changing. These are the most motivating thing for me. I see where I started and where I’m at now and it excites me to see where I could be in a year if I keep at it!
4. Start Slowly
Try to do one small active thing a day. But, don’t push yourself too far. Even if it’s just a 20-minute walk or 10 minutes of yoga. Each small step keeps the snowball rolling.
5. Figure out what exercises you enjoy.
Everyone trains a little bit differently. What works for one person might not work for you. I’ve tried to get into running several times and I just can’t get into it. Maybe someday, but for now, I’d much rather go on a bike ride or do sit-ups than run.
Don’t be afraid to try new workouts either. You might just find the one that works the best for you. Maybe that’s swimming, Martial arts, weightlifting, parkour, etc… There are so many ways to exercise and train that it’s boring to limit yourself!
6. Make habits.
I can’t wait for the day when exercising is like brushing my teeth. I don’t have to think about it or be motivated to do it, I just do it. But, I’m a long way from there right now…
Maybe start by going for a walk every evening. Or, do a 15 minute HIIT workout each morning or every other morning. Keep it simple and regular and slowly you’ll start to see results!
7. Listen to your body
If your muscles are super sore or if you’re coming down with a sickness, take a break. It’s okay to not workout every day. It’s normal to have rest days. Listen to your body, it knows when it’s been pushed far enough.
8. Have an upbeat playlist of music
This is absolutely essential for me to exercise. I can’t workout without music. It motivates me so much.
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you exercise? I prefer rock music, particularly punk rock: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, etc… they are my jam when I’m exercising.
9. Have an exercise buddy
That way you can torture, I mean, motivate each other.
But, no joke, exercising with someone else makes it so much easier. If you’re a competitive person, having someone else there really helps you push yourself farther.
10. Get Creative
Write your exercises on popsicle sticks and pull them out of a jar one at a time – this way you do your exercises in a different order.
Assign different exercises to the numbers on a dice and roll them for your workout.
Do a workout while you watch your favorite TV show. Here are some links to popular ones.
What TV show are you watching currently?
Think outside of the box and have fun!
That’s all the tips and motivation I have for today! Which motivation is your favorite? Which tip are you going to implement today? Comment below! What tips or motivation did I miss?
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Soli Deo Gloria