Working out can be stressful, not fun, and sometime we may not see the reward. So you may ask yourself, “What is the point of working out?” What is the point of working out? Discouragement during workouts is perfectly normal and not something to be saddened by. The sadness comes when you quit or simply procrastinate. So what can you do to stay motivated? To find motivation? Check out some of these awesome benefits!
Things To Consider
The definition of mobility it to freely move about with ease. Without exercise, there is no mobility. You know the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it”? That is the honest to goodness truth. I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve lost flexibility in arms and legs, I’ve lost muscle mass throughout my body. This could be from not being as active as I used to be. I think back to when I worked in a kitchen, I could carry two six inch pans of mashed potatoes like it was nothing. Now, I can barely lift the bag of potatoes.
Your body definitely changes as you get older, some of us don’t like admitting it, but it’s the truth. With age comes change in your body and with your workout. It isn’t a bad thing to change your workout here and there. But it’s always good to change your workout to fit you and what your body needs.
How to Workout
How to workout… You probably already know how to workout, but the real question is how to workout to suit your life and lifestyle. You must ask yourself these five specific questions to really get an understanding of what you want from your workout and how to fit your workout into your lifestyle.
Am I healthy enough to workout?
Being healthy enough to workout isn’t saying that if you’ve got a cold you cannot workout. This is saying that you should consult a doctor if you feel that you have serious health issues that may cause you danger from working out.
This is also pointing out not to go balls to the wall when it comes to first starting out your workout routine. You don’t have to workout like a fiend to see results, this can be more harmful than pacing yourself. More than likely, you’re doing this for health benefits, so don’t jeopardize that by going crazy with your workouts.
Why do I want to workout?
This question is huge. Why? You can’t just start working out without knowing why. You won’t see any results. Do you want to get more strength? Do you want to feel better about yourself? Do you want to lose weight? Figuring out why you want to work out is one of the first questions you need to ask yourself. If you don’t know why you want to workout, more than likely you won’t stick to a workout routine, thus leading to not seeing results.
What do I want to see from my workouts?
Depending on what you want to see from your workouts, each workout will be different. If you want more of a conditioning workout, you wouldn’t be weight lifting. You’d more than likely being doing cardio. If you’re looking to build more muscle in your arms, you wouldn’t take a spin class. It’s great to change up your workout, but keep in mind the goals that you have and what you want to see from your workouts. Think about what you want from your workouts and decide which workouts you’ll get the best results from.
Where do I start with my workouts?
If you’ve lost mobility or just wish to change up your workout to fit your lifestyle, you need to ask yourself where to begin. When you start college, you usually take an entry exam so that they can place you where you need to be to perform at your fullest potential. It’s sort of the same when it comes to your workout. If you’re not sure, hire a personal trainer to get you started.
Am I picking the right times to workout for my schedule?
Pick a time that will work with your schedule. You want to keep your schedule consistent. Consistency in your schedule allows you to see and feel results.
How to Find Motivation and Workout Inspiration
Finding motivation to workout comes from within. There isn’t a switch that you can turn on and off to make yourself feel motivated. So how can you feel motivated to achieve your goals?
The power of positive thinking isn’t saying that you have to be a ray of sunshine all the time, but try to find the positivity in your workout. Think of the end result to keep you going. A positive thought about your workout can trick your body into wanting to work harder to achieve your goal. Your muscles may feel it, but your brain will feel a boost of energy.
Find a Workout Buddy
Find a workout buddy that is on a similar workout level. Working out with a friend can not only improve your consistency, but they can also keep you motivated. They always say two heads are better than one, right? Maybe your workout buddy has a method of working out or a class that you’d really like and may work better for you.
Create a Reward
A reward isn’t saying that you get a piece of chocolate or to binge on your favorite meal. Think of a real reward for when you meet each goal. Try scheduling a spa day, buy an outfit, treat yourself to a new pair of shoes. Giving yourself a real reward will motivate you to continue on to your next goal, whatever that may be. Keep hitting those goals!
Any relationship takes real communication and a relationship with your workout routine is just like any other relationship. What you put into your workout relationship is a source of communication, the communication that you get back from that relationship is the results that you will see and feel. This form of communication may not be a form of communication that you’re used to, but think of it as a growing opportunity to learn and grow!
The Benefits of Working Out
There are tons of benefits to working out, but the few that come to mind?
Stress and Anxiety— Boosts happy chemicals, also known as endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Regular workouts combat high cortisol (sad chemical) levels in your brain and boost the “happy chemicals” to make for better post workout.
Stress can cause sore muscles in your neck and shoulders and anxiety can feel as if you are always anxious. Working out can combat anxiety and stress but producing the happy brain chemicals and by giving you something else to focus on.
Confidence— Once you meet your first goal, whatever that may be, large or small, you’ll have the confident feeling to move on to your next goal. Once you’ve established a routine, you’ll also start to see your progress and feel it, leading to physical and mental confidence.
Brainpower— Prevent cognitive decline and promotes memory, meaning, you keep your memory recall and you’re able to remember things off the top of your head. The reason for this? Neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells. Any sort of tough cardiovascular workout will release a protein in the brain to generate the growth of these new brain cells.
Going to the gym ins’t easy and finding a routine that works best for you may not be fun but the benefits of working out speaks for itself. Working out is great for those with excess stress and anxiety, those looking to boost their confidence or maybe recover from a medical illness that caused you to lose memory, confidence, or just put a damper on your day. Whatever the reason, inspire others and share your workout story. We would love to hear your workout story too! Stay mobile, my friends!Find Mobility Guardian on Google+