Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Recently a buddy of mine was saying he was having a hard time getting motivated to work out on a particular day. This of course is common, and exercise and proper diet for most of us not only takes discipline, but a motivation to do it, so I got to thinking what would make a person motivated just to do the exercise alone....but then I got to thinking that someone else probably already did the thinking for me so I will do an internet search and I found this list that I thought was pretty good. Since she only listed 9, I will say 10 is to check out the motivational section on Spark People, there is a lot of great stuff there! Have a great work out today!
1. Exercise boosts energy. It took me a long time to notice that I’d drag myself to the gym, work out for forty minutes, and leave feeling far more energetic than when I went in.
2. Exercise provides an outlet for feelings of pent-up hostility, irritation, and anger. I always find that I’m far calmer and more forbearing on days when I’ve exercised. I have a jittery, high-strung nature, and exercising takes the edge off.
3. Repetitive, rhythmic motion of exercises like walking and running brings a serene mood and clarifies thinking. I’ve had all my best writing ideas when walking or running, and sometimes assign myself a particular problem to think over during a walk.
4. Sticking to an exercise regime raises your self-esteem for the very fact that you’re sticking to an exercise regime.
5. Exercise offers a chance to be alone and uninterrupted—a relief if, like me, you’re often surrounded by distractions. Or, if you prefer, exercise also offers a chance to get together with other people--a relief if, like me, you spend a lot of time working alone. I have both kinds of exercise during my week.
6. Regular exercise helps to keep your body chemicals in balance. When you experience stress, your body prepares for “fight or flight” with a huge number of biochemical reactions. A stressful event these days, however, is more likely to require a phone call than a sprint uphill. The potentially damaging byproducts of the stress response, such as cortisol, nevertheless continue to pump through the body, and exercise helps offset that effect.
7. Exercise helps you fall asleep more easily and sleep more deeply. The Big Man really notices this in himself.
8. Pure vanity can be a good motivator. Remember that people who exercise move more easily and energetically, and appear more youthful.
9. When I don’t feel like exercising, I remind myself how lucky I am to be able to move easily and without pain—no wheelchair, no crutches, no brace, no trick knee or bad back.