One of my News Years Resolutions was to start creating healthy routines. I have noticed that I am really great at sticking to something for about 3 weeks and then I fall off the wagon. Well I want to be in a place where I can never ‘reset’ because I am always just being healthy – of course 80/20 Rule applies.
One the routines that I am putting into place is going to be exercise – I decided that I would definitely need help staying on plan until it becomes a habit so I joined the virtual race 2016 Miles in 2016. yes. that is right. 2016 miles running, walking or crawling for the year. That equals roughly 5 miles a day for the entire year…if that wont get me into a habit I really dont know what will! lol
Now on top of that little baby I have currently signed up for 2 Obstacle Courses. Why you ask? Well I love them! I did Rugged Maniac last year and fell in love. So this year I am doing Rugged Maniac again and also Battle Frog. I am super excited BUT i can’t just run to prep for those races. Therefore I need to add in some other exercises. The plan is to do Hammer & Chisel. Now I started that program last week and unfortunately had to stop for some stuff going on with Fertility. I basically took a break from everything. So I am going to get back at it – it is 2 months long and I am super excited!
So this week was the start of my running – actual running – not just walking that is 🙂 I decided that on my lunch break I would have to workout 4 times a week and if I can do 5 then HOORAY for me! 🙂 Today I went out and did 3.1 miles..i really wasn’t sure how it was going to go as I haven’t really ran in like 3 months?? Well I did it! I ran and walked so I wasn’t as fast as I was hoping BUT that is more than OK – i got up and I went. AND I feel amazing for doing it. HOORAY! My big goal is to run a 10K at lunch so I have to keep going to get that far! 🙂 I know it is possible now it is time to just get up and do it!
It is so funny how you never really think about what exercise really does for you until after the fact when you just feel good! There are soo much amazing benefits to working out…especially in the middle of the day (ESPECIALLY if you work in an office like me) I want to share with you 5 amazing REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD WORKOUT!
1. It releases happy chemicals into your brain.
Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness.
Many studies suggest that as we age, we’re constantly losing our stores of dopamine, which is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine.
2. It makes you less stressed out.
Not only will working out ease stress in the short term by helping you sweat out the day’s worries, regular exercise will help you become less stressed out in the long term as well.
That’s because when you exercise, you’re actually subjecting yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate and triggering a burst of hormonal changes. When you subject yourself to the stress of exercise enough, your body will eventually get better at handling the rest of life’s stressors.
And less stress equals a happier, healthier life.
3. It energizes you.
You no doubt have days when you just feel too tired to exercise, when working out is the last thing in the world you want to do.
But no matter how exhausted you are from a long day at work, taking care of your family or recovering from a busy weekend, do your best to muster up all the willpower you have and still work out, because more likely than not, you’ll feel more energized after your workout than you did before it.
So the next time you force yourself to get off the couch and get into workout mode, you’ll most likely feel more energized throughout the rest of the day. And more energy equals greater happiness.
4. It boosts your confidence.
When you don’t feel good about your body or how you look, it’s all too easy to have low self-esteem. And that can have a negative effect on all areas of your life including your relationships, your career, and your goals and aspirations.
But when you start to exercise and see your body transform, that can quickly change. Because exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent, and more confident. There’s nothing like a boost in confidence to increase overall happiness.
5. It eases anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety, exercise may be a simple cure.
Because recent studies on the effects of exercise show that in people suffering from anxiety, the immediate mood boost from exercise is followed by longer-term relief, similar to that offered by meditation and talk therapy.
So next time you’re feeling anxious, try a hard workout — you’ll feel happier for days on end.
6. It fights insomnia.
Trouble sleeping? Skip the sleeping pill and try exercising instead.
Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs and people with sleeping disorders. And not only can regular exercise significantly improve your sleep quality, it can also give you that pep that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and do things.
And that equals greater happiness, every time.
Exercise, and be happy.
The next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, get off the couch and get some exercise instead.
Because you’ll not only feel more confident, energized, and calm — you’ll be a healthier and happier person for life.