it has been a little over six months since i began a regular workout routine. and since they say it takes thirty days for a habit to be formed i think it’s safe to say i’m a faithful gym attendee. phew! while i’m not nearly where i’d like to be as far as goals are concerned i know am well on my way with an average attendance of four times a week. i’m definitely stronger, faster, and can pump heavier weight. i still need to fit yoga or pilates into my routine at least once a week. flexibility is a big component of fitness that can be overlooked as the treadmill, rowing machine, and weights tend to tighten the muscles. and stretching is a definite must. but here are a few differences i’ve noted since i’ve hit the gym:
sleep: nothing is better than a good night sleep. when i hit the pillow at night i don’t wake up until 6am.
skin: whenever i have a regular exercise regimen in place people always compliment my skin tone. and, yes, i take very good care of my skin with the latest and greatest products, but it’s a sweaty workout several times a week that gives it a glow.
leaves me feeling euphoric: there’s nothing like an endorphin high after a sixty-minute workout. i leave the gym de-stressed and happy. that mood lasts all day long.
builds self-esteem and body image: exercise gives me a surge of confidence when i’ve improved my rowing time or pumped a heavier weight. it’s all about attainable goals and pushing myself to the next level.
reverses effects of stress: there are studies that show exercise may reverse stresses toll on our aging process. all the stress i’ve built up during the day ebbs away when i’m climbing a monster hill on the treadmill.
lifts depression: feeling grumpy? getting active boosts the production of brain molecules that improve connections between nerve cells, acting as a natural anti-depressant.
have i shared enough reasons to convince you to head to the gym? what are you waiting for? even if a daily walk is all that you can squeeze into your schedule – just do it! i promise if you get up and move you won’t be sorry.