You know that feeling when everyone at your workplace is talking about how much weight they have put on over the years in service and you grin like the Grinch because you workout ? Well, THAT I’m not feeling. As much as I’d like to be included in this grinning-like-the-Grinch category, I can’t. I JUST CAN’T.
I have been trying to fit exercise into my (busy) schedule but I just don’t feel motivated enough. I don’t even have the time to watch Grey’s Anatomy anymore, let alone cementing an exercise habit or a session at the gym.
I need a push every once in a while to stop pigging out and start working out instead. So I went ahead and made a list of all the great and awesome reasons why you must NEVER miss a workout. So, here’s my list:
1. Actions form habits: I once (thrice to be honest) read this book by Robin Sharma – The monk who sold his Ferrari, and the author talks about how if you do something regularly for 21 days, it becomes your habit. Now consider this – I have already not been working out for over two months. You do the thinking part now!! I’m not saying going back to the healthier routine is going to be a task, just the first few days maybe!
2. The Good-Looking factor: One thing that’s really pushing me to hit the gym ASAP is the fact that the clothes I wear have started to look something like those of ermm Incredible Hulk? Because when his body transforms into this ginormous not-so-not-ugly-looking monster, his clothes rip off? I mean mine are not really close to shreds but yeah about like 2% of it? I have stopped making sense. So what I really mean to say is that nobody wants to not look good, right? And working out makes sure that your mind doesn’t wander so much so that you stop making sense of what you are saying. AND working out also makes sure you keep looking good (minus the Hulk’s shredded clothes).
3. Stress-buster: I could really use a stress buster right now. Like RIGHT RIGHT now. I’ve been so stressed lately that it has started taking a toll on me! The reason? Well I colored my hair Ombre a few months back and post that I have lost all the shine and smoothness and all things good that my hair had and that I proudly flaunted! That adds to the stress alright! Now how does working out help reduces stress? Well, you’ve heard of the hormone Endorphin that’s released in the brain when you exercise, right? That’s the feel good hormone which actually destroys the feel bad hormone – Cortisol.
4. A treat for yourself: A fraction of the reason I work(ed)out was for food. Right! Now you want logic? Well, when you know you can’t have something (in my case it would be junk food (writing junk food makes me feel as if I’m writing a school essay)) that’s when you want it the most. And considering the fact that eating out every other day does no good to you or your body, avoiding it is definitely the better option. So, when you workout 4-5 days a week avoiding all the “bad” foods, 1. your body thanks you, 2. when you do get to eat the “bad” foods (I mean only 1 off the 7 days you are not working out), you relish it and i mean you “RELISH” it.
5. Better sleep: When you start to feel like your alarm clock is your arch nemesis, it’s time someone told you that you aren’t sleeping well. Because exercising exhausts you physically (read double physical exhaustion if you work), you get to have a more restful and better and calm and relaxing sleep. AND you sleep early. AND you wake up early. AND these are also all the things that the author asks you to follow in the book I mentioned above.
Also when something is a priority (take Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale for example), you always take time out for it. So make Working out your priority and you will definitely take out time for that too.
I’m starting my workout from tomorrow. When are you?😀