I don’t know about the rest of you, but the past month has been a little difficult to stay motivated and on track. The cold mornings make it difficult to climb out of a warm bed in order to hit the gym before the start of your day. Although the allure of a comfy blanket and warm cup of coffee on the couch is tempting, don’t let the winter lull get the best of you.
Not only is exercise beneficial for your weight loss goals, it is also mentally beneficial. Exercise releases endorphins, which are neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters act like a pain killer for your body. It’s like your body’s own happy pill.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the real deal, and as these dark days continue, our moods can decline without enough Vitamin-D from the sun. Combat SAD with some exercise to get those endorphins going. Try to add in some outdoor workouts to soak up whatever rays are peeking through those clouds.
- Maybe you’ve heard that “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards. Although this might be the way some of us prefer to cope with extra pressure and stress, it’s not the wisest and will most likely only add more stress as we struggle to wiggle into those skinny jeans. Cortisol is released in the body when we become stressed, which can naturally cause weight gain around our middles. Don’t add to this with desserts, but instead battle it with a great workout. Not only will you fight the negative effects of cortisol, but you’ll also get your heart pumping and your head clear.
- The cold and flu always seem to be looming in the winter months. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked with illness; instead, keep the sniffles at bay with exercise. Exercise not only helps keep your muscles strong, but it also boosts your immune system.
If you are still in need of a little extra motivation, plan a trip soon that requires a bathing suit or sign up for an upcoming 5K. Having a goal in the near future will help get you out of bed on those chilly mornings. So, lace up those sneakers, and fight off those winter blues.