After a workout, who hasn’t said, “Why don’t I do this more often?” The body was designed to move, and when you awaken it and get those feel-good chemicals coursing through your veins, your body wants more. Because feeling good begets you wanting to feel even better.
I’ve known this for years, especially having played sports all my life, and that’s why I won’t sacrifice getting in a workout, no matter how light and fast it has to be, each and every day. I just don’t feel the same without it – and I mean that literally. Just as feeling good begets wanting to feel better, getting fit only spurs the body and mind to desire a greater level of fitness. Today, I put my body to work and I feel great. Tomorrow I’ll do the same. And you can bet on the day after that, too.
And it’s not just about the physical rewards either. Remaining active is an incredibly effective way to let the day – and the challenges it may hold for you – just roll off your shoulders. Getting your heart rate up for just 30 minutes a day or taking your 10,000 steps is an excellent place to start. Go for a walk in the park or the mall, take the stairs wherever you go, attend a community yoga class, set up a tennis match – the options are endless and never as complicated or expensive as you may think.
Multiply the feel-good effects by sharing the experience. You’ve heard me say it a million times – find a partner, appreciate the sense of accountability you’ll be bringing to each other. Misery may love whatever company it can get, but happiness prefers time well spent.
I challenge you to feel better every day. Make those around you envy you so much that they’ll join you. Let the ideas and actions spread and grow. When the rewards are guaranteed, why not?