Never underestimate the power that a strong start can give you. Never miss a Monday.
Never Miss a Monday
I get it – the groan of the alarm goes off Monday morning and you feel as if you just collapsed into bed. Somewhere between wakefulness and reality you hit the snooze function on your alarm…many times. Good intensions turn into a mad dash to get to work on time. You pull yourself together. The workout you had planned will just have to wait for another day. Later this week, right? Forget the gym bag or the shoes. You have got to go!
We all have days like this when we are just so tired. The siren song of slumber almost tugs at our heartstrings. Mondays are special though. Sure, we dread the end to the weekend. But Monday sets us up for the week mentally and often physically.
One Workout Leads to More
A good Monday can give us a strong momentum through the week. It often allows you to reframe your commitment to being fit. It can be a fresh start. One workout leads to more trips to the gym. It’s that simple. Exercising on Monday can simply get the ball rolling for your routine.
The Mood Boost
Even with jobs we love the end of the weekend can feel like a sudden crashing halt. The fun and games are over. Back to the grind as they say! Well, a good sweat session can instantly improve your mood. Who doesn’t want that? If you often suffer from a “case of the Monday” this could mean big benefits. Physical exercises releases endorphins, the hormones that make you feel happier.
As the famous Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) said, “Exercise makes you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” Extreme, but you catch my drift.
A Feeling of Self-Control
It takes a determined girl to lace up those sneakers sometimes! Exercise is a great way to improve discipline in other areas of your life too. Moving around for as little as 15 minutes has been shown to help people manage cigarette cravings and withdrawal systems. Why? Exercises releases Gaba, a neurotransmitter that helps you keep in control of impulses and can quiet anxious brain activity.*
Often times the urge to press snooze so many times is a result of poor sleep. Make sure you are going to bed early enough so that when your alarm goes off you simply get up. The extra minutes of sleep are rarely all that helpful. However, we are often too fatigued to make a good judgement call. Prepare the things you need at night. This will help alleviate some of your morning stress. Establish a good routine for getting ready for bed and stick to it.
Pushing ourselves physically often translates to better mental performance. The two are directly linked. Physical strength translates to inner strength which makes us feel like we can do anything!
I truly believe in using health and fitness as a stepping stone for boosting confidence, self-love and overall happiness. Never miss a Monday. The battle is all mental. There are just too many reasons get up and start to get in the right groove. You will definitely reap the benefits.
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