I haven’t Got the Energy…
The thought sometimes of exercising feels us with dread and the feeling we can’t be bothered to put on our gym gear and to spend the next hour getting all hot and bothered in the name of fitness!
I know I’ve been there and this is more a regular occurrence than not…….
So what do you do????
Well if we all stopped when we didn’t feel like doing something we would never achieve anything.
Now we’ve all heard of endorphins……right????
What Are Endorphins?
When your body comes under stress or experiences pain (hello, burpees), neurochemicals called endorphins are produced in the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary gland, explains J. Kip Matthews, Ph.D, a sport and exercise psychologist.
Endorphins, which are structurally similar to the drug morphine, are considered natural painkillers because they activate opioid receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort, says Matthews.
They can also help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. “Endorphins are also involved in natural reward circuits related to activities such as feeding, drinking, sexual activity and maternal behavior,” he says.
Just Do IT……
So you see we may not like the thought of exercising but there is a huge benefit not just from a fitness perspective but from how it makes us feel.
If you can harness the thought of how you will feel once you have exercised I’ve found from experience this will drive you on to push through the workout
When you come out of the other side you do genuinely feel 100 times better, bizarrely you feel more alert and more energized despite you having just completed a workout
So next time its that time……..the time to don your gym gear or get ready to go out cycling or that early morning run just put yourself in the mind of how you will feel when it’s complete.
This has helped me no end of times push through and complete that training session because the other side feels amazing!!!!