One of the main reasons that we miss a workout or do not exercise regularly is that we don’t trust in the importance of exercise.
We mentally know that we should workout. We have seen the commercials and heard it from our doctors. We know that it helps to prevent disease, heal ailments and improve mood, but still do not consider it a priority. So often, other things come up, or seem more important at the time. And it’s these things that we choose to do. At the end of the day, we look back and say “Oh well, missed it today. I guess I will catch up tomorrow.”
Sure, taking care of your family is a priority. Performing well at work is important, and finding time to maintain other areas of life is a must. But even just a little bit of exercise each day is the glue and the catalyst that holds together your life!
Exercise not only helps you to maintain your physical health so you can meet your demands, it is also underestimated in it’s importance in helping you to maintain your mental and spiritual health. Exercise increases the relief of endorphins (your body’s natural pain-relieving, de-stress molecules) and helps to balance other hormones, which help to relieve stress. Contracting muscles, feeling the burn and aiming for a goal also help you quiet your mind. Go even further, and learn to meditate between sets, and the mental/spiritual benefits of exercise increase exponentially!
To get to the point where you become a person who exercises daily, you have to trust that exercise is important enough, and you have to trust that your life will not fall apart if you take anywhere from 4-60 minutes to workout (yes 4 minutes can be effective!). Even if you get up and do one burnout set of Squats, you can reap some of the benefits of exercise. From there, the more you do or the higher you increase your intensity, the better the benefit.
Find a way to make it so that daily exercise cannot ever be compromised for you. Make it your thing, no matter what situations you find yourself in day to day. Be able to look back each night and say “yes, I did some sort of exercise today, and I am a better person for it, no matter how much or how little.”