Last week I touched on being intentional with your thoughts and actions and having an attitude of gratitude. Are you taking steps every day to be in control of your thoughts, actions and emotions? It’s a challenge, sometimes an uphill one. Some days I wake up in such a funk. It takes a lot of effort to pull myself out of it. So I’m going to share with you the one way that has always been successful for me.
Not only is physical activity good for your body, it’s good for your mind. When you engage in physical activity, the body releases endorphins into your bloodstream. Endorphins are like a natural drug for your body. Endorphins react with receptors in your brain to reduce pain receptors and increase happiness (comparable to morphine…the phrase runners high is making sense now huh) Other side effects of exercise include, increased sexual desire, better sleep, reduced anxiety or depression and increased self esteem just to name a few.
But…exercise is hard, right? And who has time for that anyway? Are you already overweight? Does it hurt too much to exercise? Are you too busy, too tired? Gyms are expensive! Right?! How many times have statements like those above deterred you from physical activity? Too many!
One of my first bosses once told me, ” excuses are like assholes, everybody has one, but not everybody’s stink”. It has stuck with me throughout the years. I apply it to almost everything I do. One of my favorite hashtags on Instagram is #ResultsNotExcuses. Why? Because if something is a priority, you make time for it. Everything else is just an excuse. But nobody can take away your excuses except for you. So today, I am encouraging you to drop the excuses.
I find of the most important part of exercising is setting goals for myself. Specific goals. Telling yourself that you want to start exercising and being healthy is a great start, but it is too vague. Instead, try saying I am going to exercise four times this week, and only have one cup of coffee a day. Setting specific goals will not only help you stay on track, but you will have something to actually attain.
If you have to, start slow. Find a video on YouTube or take a 20 minute walk (both free!). They have all sorts of workouts on YouTube from Yoga to HIIT. Some activity is better than no activity. Just remember to increase it every few days. I exercise to get in shape but also to increase my mood. Also the days I don’t push myself, I don’t sleep well.
I challenge you to give exercise a shot. What are your excuses? Do you need an accountability partner? Follow me on Instagram and send me a message. We will keep each other on track. Conquer your excuses! You are stronger than your excuses! Choose to be healthy & happy starting right now. You’ve got this! We’ve got this!