Have you ever noticed, how some days you can wake up in the morning, full of energy and full of motivation, and have an incredibly productive day, yet other times can be the exact polar opposite? Rather than waking up invigorated and full of life, you instead simply cannot be bothered to do anything other than the bare minimum required to get you through the day. You will barely have enough energy or motivation to get dressed, let alone exercise and work out in the gym, so what do you do? Well, if you’re like a lot of people in your situation, you probably say ‘what the heck. I’ll just go to the gym tomorrow and will work extra hard then’. Needless to say that for a lot of people, tomorrow rarely comes and before they know it an entire week has passed and they’re barely lifted a finger. When you’re feeling like this, it’s important to try to power through this slump and motivate yourself to get into the gym and train. Often, once you get going, you’ll find that you’ve had one of the best workouts in recent memory. If you’re still not sure, here are 7 reasons why you should go to the gym today, even if you can’t be bothered.
You’ll get a sense of accomplishment
Though to some people, knowing that they haven’t got to work out anymore will provide them with a sense of relief, there will also be undertones of guilt thrown in there. It probably won’t be crippling, and it may not even be that noticeable, but feelings of guilt will be there, and they can be hard to overcome. By forcing yourself to the gym to exercise however, you will leave with a huge sense of accomplishment which will help lift your spirits, clear your mind, and clear your conscience in the process. By forcing yourself to train for one hour, or even half an hour, you will have accomplished something positive which will help your health, as well as your appearance.
You often have killer sessions on ‘off days’
As mentioned above, often, when you can’t be bothered to go to the gym, if you force yourself, once you get going you will often enjoy one of the best sessions in recent memory. There is no clear cut scientific reason for why this is, but once you find your stride and find your energy and mental focus levels rising, you often find yourself powering through your workout, pushing yourself harder than ever, and possibly even breaking a few PBs along the way.
Your body will benefit
We all go to the gym for different reasons, just like we all train in different ways, but one thing that is for certain, is the fact that your body will benefit from you training, and you will therefore benefit in the process. Not only does exercise help to burn fat, improve stamina, and improve health and well-being in general, it also improves your physique, so you will literally look great and feel great through exercise. You may think that skipping a session here and there is harmless, but one session often turns into two, which then turns into three, and so on. The only workouts you do not benefit from are the ones which you skip, so just remember that.
You’ll feel fantastic
Exercise makes you feel great, and that is a proven fact. There is a very clear scientific reason for this, and that reason is all to do with hormones in the body. Exercise helps to promote the production and secretion of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin within the body. These are hormones and chemicals which are responsible for making us feel happy, alert, and alive. On days when you can’t be bothered, once you force yourself to train, you will go from tired and lethargic, to happy, confident, and energized, all thanks to a little exercise.
You will sleep easier
If you struggle getting to sleep at night, this is another great reason to get off the sofa and get your butt into the gym. By forcing yourself into the gym and exercising, you are expending energy and will therefore eventually tire yourself out once all of those wonderful hormones and brain chemicals have worn off. The more tired you are, the easier you will find it to fall asleep. As mentioned, exercise also promotes the production and secretion of serotonin, which is a chemical in the body that is responsible for feelings of tiredness and relaxation. The more serotonin you have floating around your system, the easier you will find it to get a good night’s sleep.
Exercise is a great stress buster
If you’ve got in from work after a long, testing, and stressful day, though it may be tempting to veg out on the sofa with a pizza, watching mindless drivel on the TV, ideally you should workout instead. Exercise is a proven stress buster, which means that by exercising you will help to relieve your stress, anxiety, and even signs and symptoms of depression.
Exercise is great for your self esteem
Nobody wants to feel unattractive and worthless, yet sadly, many people do feel this way because of their appearance, which is such a shame. You don’t need to be a size zero to feel attractive, nor do you need to be musclebound and ripped to shreds, all you need is to be at a weight where you are comfortable in your appearance. If this means that you work a little harder in the gym a few nights a week, then so be it. Once you begin to see and feel the improvements to your physique, thanks to the exercise, your self esteem will increase dramatically and you’ll feel more confident than ever. This also serves as a great motivational tool because the more positive changes you begin seeing, the harder you will work.