A simple tip for the day: it’s helpful to write down the reasons why you are doing something in your life.
Whenever you feel a lack of motivation you can always return to your list to remind yourself of all the positive benefits you receive from doing something. This can change how you feel and open you up once again to feel motivated. It can be the boost you need to be able to move off the couch and start taking action again.
This tip works for just about anything in life. For this article I’d like to list a few of the top reasons why I workout – with free weights –ÂÂ three times a week.
1. To get a hormone and energy boost.
This is probably the number one reason for me. As mentioned in the Why Every Man Should Lift Weights by Brian Kim, lifting weights can be very helpful for your mental state. The hormone boost you get – as a guy at least, I don’t know how effective this is for women – can change your mood radically for a day or two. I mostly do multi-joint exercises like dead-lifts to use more muscles in my body during the same workout and get a bigger hormone boost.
With that boost in hormones and energy you feel like you’re in forward motion, with a clearer focus and a lot less inner doubt. I’m still surprised about at least a few times each month about how effective a workout is to turn things around for the way better. Awesome stuff.
2. To set the context for my day.
If you start your day – or at least work out reasonably early – then you will not only feel more powerful and on a sort of emotional high for the rest of the day. We also have a tendency to want to be consistent with what we have done before. You can use that your advantage.
Since you powered through your hard workout it sets the context for the rest of your day. This will make things feel like they are easier to get done. Starting your day with something difficult and getting it done makes you feel good about yourself and sets the mental and emotional bar for your day.
3. To reduce and release negative feelings and tensions.
If you feel negative or just have vague tensions in your body and mind a workout can be surprisingly effective. This nice thing about this is that it works kinda automatically.
Sometimes you just can’t pump up your own enthusiasm or motivation. Or see things from a positive perspective. When working out you don’t have to think or push through such inner resistance. You go and you work out. And most of the time it works like pushing a stress and tension release button in yourself.
Why do you workout?
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