I am sure you have heard this advice before, being active will help you in so many ways. Like you I have ignored that advice! That is until now. Now that I am in my 30's, the weight doesn't come off as easy as it used to so I embarked on yet another quest to get back in shape a few months ago. This time I am doing it differently though and making small changes, while not overdoing it. I have been successful with loosing weight so many times before, only to get in over my head and quit! This time I am taking it slow and focusing more on being healthy than losing weight quickly. During this journey, I noticed something super surprising! Over the last two weeks, I increased my exercise from two to three days a week to five and realized that suddenly I wasn't as depressed about going into work every morning! How about that for an awesome side effect??
You have probably heard of the term "runner's high" where runners tend to get this elated feeling after completing a run. I would extend this to any type of exercise that is getting your heart rate going is going to put you in a better mood. During the week, now that it is dark by the time I am home from work, I have been going quick 15 minute HIIT or Tabata workouts. Even though they are quick, they are challenging!
Had a challenging day at the office? Instead of sitting on the couch with a glass of wine or ice cream, try getting active. It has been great throwing my work frustrations into my workout every evening! I love the way it allows me to de-stress right when I get home before I spend time with my family and work on my side business! Having this outlet to get my stress out has also increased my positive outlook. I find myself looking to the bright side more often than the negative. Being more positive I think has helped me see other options at work that I may not have thought through.
Sense of Accomplishment
I am one of those people that needs to feel like I am accomplishing something in every task I do. I definitely get that feeling after working out, which probably plays into why it has helped me feel happier at work. I know no matter what I get done in the 9-5, I can accomplish something to better my health. That way, I can never have a completely bad day. Then when I have a good day at work plus the accomplishment of getting a workout in, I am on cloud 9! This feeling has helped me get additional motivation in my current job and the stamina to get to work a bit earlier to get more done.
My plan is to keep this up and I should be able to with most of my weekday workouts only clocking in at 15 minutes. What excuse could I have to miss them right? Think about your current mood at work, could you benefit from an increase of positive thinking? Why not give it a try?