Never Miss a Monday Workout
If you spent your whole weekend having fun and enjoying the party. Waking up for a Monday morning workout might be extra tough. But the start of the week is actually a great time to recommit to staying fit. Monday Motivation is sometimes hard to come by. When the snooze button is calling your name, it’s easy to think of a million and one excuses not to lace up your sneakers and sweat it out at the start of the week.
5 Reasons to Never Miss a Monday Workout:
1. You’re more likely to work out the rest of the week.
Exercising on Mondays can get the ball rolling for your workout routine. There’s something about starting on a Monday that makes you feel like you’re off to the right start.This philosophy, can motivate you to exercise on Tuesday, Wednesday or whenever you pencil in your next workout.
2. You’ll smile more.
One common benefit of physical exercise is that it releases endorphins, the hormones that make you feel happier. Nothing feels as great as a finished workout, right? Also, if you’re running or playing outside in the sunshine, you’ll get an extra dose of happiness and it will boost your self-esteem. Remember a simple five-minute walk outdoors helped improve your mood and perceived well-being.
3. You’ll kickstart good self-control.
It may take some willpower to lace up those sneakers, but exercise is actually a great way to harness more discipline for other areas of your life. Moving around for as little as 15 minutes has been shown to help people manage cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Why? Exercise releases Gaba, a neurotransmitter that helps keep you in control of impulses and can quiet anxious brain activity.
4. You’ll catch better zzz’s.
Sleep-deprived office drones, take heart. Resistance exercise can help reboot your circadian rhythm, the internal body clock that controls your sleep cycle. And in case you needed extra motivation to keep sweating it out during the week: One study revealed that four months of consistent exercise helped chronic insomniacs sleep 45 minutes more per night.
5. You’ll boost brainpower.
Need to ace a presentation this week? Hitting the gym could be your secret to success. Physical exercise has the potential to increase levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor), which is shown to help build healthier nerve cells. One study showed that strenuous exercise helped participants perform better on a memory test. Scheduling a sweat session before you put your nose to the grindstone could help you absorb new concepts faster, too.
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