You’re leaving work, sitting in traffic, and the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. You feel tired and hungry, and want to just eat leftovers on the couch. But then you start to think about what you did yesterday – and how you felt. You realize that last night you did exactly that (sit on the couch all night) and that did not make you feel any better.
Perhaps you feel like you’ve flat-lined during life and you need a serious pick-me-up to get back to greener pastures. Exercise is such a natural quick fix to feel healthy and boost any mood, and you actually don’t even need a gym membership! You can exercise outside or in the comfort of your own home, any time!
What matters is changing your attitude and habits.
“Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train your child. Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. It has to be earned through sweat.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar
Not only can you beat stress while working out, you will also tone your muscles, increase your cardiovascular activity, and release endorphins in your brain. All of this will make you feel good! Not only initially in the short-term, but also in the long-term, once it becomes a regular habit. You will crave it!
It may take some time to find a workout that you enjoy. That’s okay. Give yourself options and also try to fully explore whatever method you are trying out. Do you want to bulk up with CrossFit, release pent-up anger through boxing, or relax with yoga? Whatever it may be, there is something for you out there.
Sometimes it may be difficult to gauge whether we ‘like’ an exercise program or not, especially if you are not used to exercising often. Remember this when you try something for the first time, we often tend to dislike things we are not good at (at first), but with persistence and effort, you can get better at anything you put your mind to and eventually enjoy whatever the activity may be.
When you begin to exercise regularly, you will find yourself more connected to your body and out of the stresses of your mind. Your time to be in your body is a time to give your mind a break! And it needs it. Whether you sit all day at work or have a more demanding job that you may need to cross-train for, exercise will make you feel better mentally and physically
Here’s a check-list to help you get the most of your workout plan!
- Schedule exercise regularly and make it a routine. Try to exercise at the same time every day (i.e. before work, after work, etc.).
- Build up gradually. If you are new to exercising, start at 2-3 days per week and eventually work up to 6 days per week (1 rest day). Make sure you alternate days of whatever you focus on (i.e. legs on Monday, arms on Tuesday, etc.)
- Grab a buddy! Everything is always more fun with a friend, why work out alone? You can also help hold each other accountable.
- Reward yourself. No, this doesn’t mean to reward yourself with a big bowl of ice cream every time after you go to the gym. Say, for example, you commit to exercising 5 days per week. If you make it, then perhaps you treat yourself to a nice dinner on Friday night. Choose what your reward will be so you have something to look forward to!
Remember your body is your temple.
Disclaimer: Advice provided by this service is general in nature only and is not intended to replace, or take the place of, specific treatment provided by a medical practitioner or psychologist. If you are on any form of medication you should continue to follow the advice of the prescribing practitioner. If you experience any sudden change in mood or symptoms you should consult your usual medical practitioner or psychologist immediately.