Ever wonder why you’re feeling so great after your workout?
We all have “bad days…” Feeling tired and not wanting to go to a workout is totally normal! But, giving in too often will actually make you more tired!
Try not to skip your work outs. When you start to find yourself making excuses, face yourself and tell yourself you’re still going to work out. Unless it’s something important for someone important, make your workout a priority. Remind yourself how much more energized you’ll feel afterward…
2. Less anxiety.
You may have noticed that when you work out, you feel less anxious, especially right after your workout. It’s not just temporary! The effects of exercise show that in people suffering from anxiety and anxiety disorders are longer-term relief, similar to that offered by meditation and talk therapy.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. In one study, researchers found that those who got regular vigorous exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years.”
You don’t have to feel so much anxiety. Make exercise a part of your life and take control!
3. Less Stress.
Working out is good in the moment, and actually reduces stress in the long-term as well, when done regularly.
When you exercise, you’re actually making yourself subject to a low-level form of stress; you are raising your heart rate and, triggering some hormonal changes. Studies have shown that the more you work out, the more able you are to handle your workout… and so many other things in life!
3. Brain stuff.
Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain which is required for feelings of happiness and pleasure, gets released as a result of exercise. Studies show that you are chemically helping yourself get happy, by doing your workout.
4. Confidence is key.
Being confident is attractive.
Confidence of the truest kind comes from knowing that you have some control in your life. Exercising makes you feel stronger (because you are stronger). It makes you feel more capable (because you are more capable).
Watching your body transform works wonders for your confidence. Finishing a boot camp increases your confidence too – doesn’t it feel awesome to know you hung in there the whole workout?
5. Getting your Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s
Naturally, when you work your body harder, it requires more sleep. Exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleep for everyone — and even sleeping problems of insomniacs and people with sleeping disorders.
Then, let’s talk about when you’ve woken up, and you’re living the results of your sleep… It’s easier to make good decisions life to eat healthy, and to get to the gym, when you’re well-rested. It’s self-perpetuating – you work out, it’s easier to sleep, it’s easier to work out, and so forth. So worth it!
6. Finishing a workout is good for your heart and soul.
When the trainers say “OK, everyone, clap it up! You’re done!” it’s a glorious moment. I love that moment because I feel the strength in my body, and I’ve proved to myself one more time that I can do this.
Challenge yourself, or attend a class or group activity, and just see how you feel afterwards. You might get sore here and there, or find yourself sometimes longing for easier ways, but in the end, you’ll be proud to say you did another workout.
At TNT, every single workout is customized to help you build your strength and abilities, and enable you to reach your highest potential! Come and make yourself feel awesome! See you on the mat!