We all have those days when nothing seems to go right. You wake up too late, your work’s getting you down and the weather is as grey and miserable. You get home, and all you think about is going to sleep, as this is supposed to help you relieve stress and make you feel better. But will it?
The reality is that one of the best ways to get rid of stress is to work out, even if you are not in the mood. Exercise does not only benefit your body, but also your mind. How many fit people are stressed and sad? Not many!
To begin with, when you work out some interesting things take place in your brain. The glands release dopamines that are also called “the hormone of happiness”. This means that exercise can literally make you happy even if you’re feeling down. Did you ever notice that if you stay in bed when you are depressed, it is more difficult to get out the bad mood you’re in? However, as soon as you start moving around you find new things to motivate you.
Apart from this, exercise is a good reminder of who you are and what you can do. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do in such a short time, and it’s easy to believe that you are losing control over your life. Exercise, in these moments, can be a real blessing. You will realise that if you work hard enough you can achieve your fitness goals, and it only takes a second to make the first step; after that, things will get better.
As for the physical aspects of exercising, it will benefit you from every point of view. It will improve your sleep, no more late nights thinking about all those stressful things. It will improve your digestion and this will prevent bloating and the feeling of heaviness after meals. It will speed up your metabolism making you feel more active and stronger. If you need even more reasons, exercise will help you get the perfect body while getting happy. Isn’t this a great deal?
Forget about lying in bed or complaining to your friends; if you want to make a change in your life, you have to take the first step. Why not go out and jog right now? Do some push ups or even a long walk. You will be surprised how good you feel after that!