Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to work out? Always thinking that you don’t have enough time with the bazillion other things you need to get done? I’m right there with you. Well, I was. But recently I’ve changed my way of thinking. Rather than letting working out take the lowest spot on the priority list, I’ve decided to take it to the top. I initially tried to exercise when the kids were in bed, but this does not work for me, zero motivation at that point in the day. Instead, every morning before I start work I take thirty minutes to exercise. That is time that I would have previously spent working. And here’s why I think that’s okay:
It helps me focus.
This right here is really the only reason I need. Working out first thing in the morning helps me focus for the rest of the day. This improved concentration also makes me more productive and the increase in productivity alone makes up for the thirty minutes that I spent working out. Bonus: exercise has also been shown to boost brainpower and sharpen memory.
However, I do have other reasons as to why I think it is okay for me to work out during work time:
It helps me sleep better.
I always sleep so much better on days that I work out. I fall asleep quicker and have a more deep and restful sleep (provided the kids aren’t having one of those nights). So what does a better night of sleep mean? This also helps to improve my focus and productivity the following day.
Need more reasons? Okay.
It actually gives me more energy.
This has never quite made sense to me as exercise expends energy but it really is true what they say, that working out actually makes you feel more energetic. Before I committed to exercising I would feel lethargic at the end of the workday and lack the energy to play with my kids and get through the evening routine. Now that I exercise I can easily keep up with them until bedtime.
It makes me feel good.
There are so many health benefits associated with exercise, way too many to list here. Whether it’s because I know it’s healthy or if it’s the endorphins that are released during exercise or a combination of both, working out simply makes me feel good. Exercising has become a form of self-care. It is something that I do for me and my family. I have come to enjoy it and the way it makes me feel.
With all of these reasons how can I not make it a priority?