They say the hardest part about working out is putting on your shoes.
When we’re out of routine, it can be difficult to muster the energy (or desire) to exercise. However, I’ve found that it’s critical to squeeze in a workout, no matter how small. For some, this could mean signing up for a morning spin class; for others, it could be as simple as taking the stairs in lieu of the elevator.
Not only is physical exercise a critical component of weight management, but also it’s arguably the best stress reliever. But, let’s be real, you don’t need me to tell you that.
However, did you know that aerobic exercise positively affects the brain to a greater extent? From a molecular to behavioral level, the brain greatly benefits from physical exercise. A study published by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia reveals that exercising for as little as 20 minutes increases both memory function and information processing.
Aerobics increase heart rate, pumping more oxygen to the brain. Brain cells also release feel-good hormones like endorphins, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells.
In the wise words of Elle Woods,”Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”
In short, don’t kill your husband. Go to a spin class instead.
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As mentioned, it can be difficult to get back into routine after a hiatus. If you’re needing a little nudge, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that may work for you too.
Work Out Motivating Tips:
1. Treat Yourself to a cute athletic top or new pair of shoes. To me, a new pair of running shoes feels like a fresh start. And, you’ll be excited to wear your new digs, getting you one step closer to the gym.
2. Drink pre-workout. I love the energy boost from a pre workout drink. I swear by Vega Sport, which is all natural and plant based (see below!). It takes 20 minutes to kick in, and you will feel stir crazy if you don’t get moving! This trick works for me every time.
3. Sign up for a group glass with a cancellation fee. This is a surefire way to get your butt moving and prevent you from bailing.
4. Find a workout buddy to keep eachother accountable.
5. Create a new playlist. Find songs that will motivate and energize you. The same songs you’ve been listening to on repeat for weeks probably won’t make your workout any more fun. Start the playlist with songs you can listen to after you take your pre-workout while you’re getting dressed. Set the mood to get pumped up!
6. Lastly, think about how good you’ll feel afterward. All you have to do is lace up your shoes, this is the hardest part, after all. 😉
What are your favorite workouts?