My job is to motivate people. To eat better, to exercise more. To choose health at every moment. That is how I succeed as a Fitness Professional. A person’s attitude can make or break their program – almost the same way that their program can make or break their attitude.
It’s not just the choice to get up and run in the mornings. Or whipping up something healthy for dinner each night either. Your attitude about the changes you are making in your life has the power to sabotage even your best efforts.
Your best efforts have that same power over you. They can improve your mood. Reduce your stress levels. Lower your blood pressure. Without one, it’s difficult to have the other. BUT it’s not a catch 22.Read more…
When it comes to exercise improving your mood, you just need to put a smile on your face long enough to get you out the door, your body will do the rest.
There is much research being done with regard to just how much exercise you need to enjoy the “happy” benefits as well as what intensity level – here is the great part: You only need about 10 minutes of exercise AT YOUR SELF SELECTED pace in order to get your endorphins kicked in and bringing you the happy. How amazing is that?
Now, what about how your mood affects your work outs? Not as much science behind that however, let’s toss some logic in here. Say that you are a Negative Nelly. (I know most of us aren’t but just humor me so I can make my point.) Negative Nelly is running 3 times each week. Today she is supposed to go out for a few miles after work and she is just not feeling it. She trudges home from work, stomps herself upstairs, rips her running shorts and shirt out of her closet and heads out the door for her run. It’s hot and Nelly is really bitchy. She gets to her normal crosswalk and traffic is heavy so she has to ….*gasp* wait for the light. Instead of waiting, she decides that her day is continuing to suck so she turns around and heads home, only going 1/2 mile instead of her usual 3 or 4.
What do you think is going to happen to Nelly once she gets home? If she is like most other humans who have reached this point, she will most likely shower, put on her flannel jammies and bury herself in a gallon of Ben & Jerry’s…then tomorrow, she will have so much guilt (not to mention be feeling extra crappy after consuming the pounds of ice cream) that her “crappy day” will carry over.
Instead, if Nelly had looked at her run as a means to work out the stress of the day, she most likely would have waited for the traffic to clear and probably had one of her best runs. She would come home feeling rejuvenated and mentally in a much better place. Then she could have enjoyed a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s – guilt free and conquered her day tomorrow feeling like a warrior.
See how your attitude can work for or against you?
In the past, have you allowed your mood to affect a workout effort? Did you carry around guilt or anger afterward? Share a bit with us in the comments below.