Why do so many of us fail to maintain a consistent fitness regimen? Usually it’s because we lose motivation after failing to see results. That happens because we exercise to a achieve a long term physical goal, but in reality we want results NOW. Because it takes some time to see these physical benefits we begin to lose hope and eventually give up altogether. If we change our perspective on exercise and decide to workout for the instant benefits, knowing we actually WILL see results immediately, suddenly the thought of sweating it out at the gym becomes a bit more alluring. Right?!
I’m no good at waiting around for things, like most of us, I want to give 100% up front and reap the benefits as soon as possible. The same is true for exercising. When I first heard that exercise could make me a better person I was a little skeptical. Then I thought about it more, adopted this new outlook on exercising, and realized YEAH, it really does make me a better ME! That’s when I committed to the idea that working out was an investment worthy of my time.
Here’s a list of all the amazing benefits of exercise that you can enjoy instantly-–
- More Energy
- Better Focus
- Improved Sleep Quality
- Mental clarity
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Sparks inspiration and motivation
- Strengthens your Heart
- Teaches Patience
- Boosts creativity
- Makes you a better role model
- Reduces PMS
- Builds self esteem
- Improves posture
- More conscious of making healthy food choices
- Improves your relationships
- Great time to catch up on personal development (like podcasts and audiobooks)
- Teaches Discipline
- Increases productivity
- Makes you smarter
- Boosts happiness
Exercise because you love yourself…
… not because you feel the need to achieve a specific physical aesthetic or a certain number on the scale. If you achieve everything on this list by exercising, not only will you enjoy exercise more consistently and be more active, but you will find it easier to let go of whatever weight you’re holding on to.
So every time I am dragging my feet to do some sort of exercise, I remind myself that I’ll be better for it, and I think of all these reasons listed above.
Now there are a couple of caveats with this whole thing. You MUST find a form of exercise that’s enjoyable for you. If weight lifting is not your cup of tea, then try yoga. If you’re not keen on the idea of running, then start with walks or hikes. Begin with workouts that will elevate your heart rate yet but won’t completely wear you out. If you hate the type of exercise you’re doing, then you won’t feel happy at the end of it and you definitely won’t stick with it. Find the right type of physical activity for you and start reaping the benefits of exercise asap! 🙂
Be Your Best Self & Live Your Best Life